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William Butler Yeats
William Butler Yeats

Ironically, most of William Butler Yeats' best works came after he won the Nobel Prize. Born in Dublin, Yeats started out as a playwright for the Irish Theatre, writing a string of plays that were most often about Irish legends. His plays later took on a more poetic, esoteric style, not surprising for an author who was as good a poet as he was a playwright. Though he won the Nobel Prize fo…

Date of Birth: June 13, 1865
Date of Death: January 28, 1939


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William Butler Yeats

"There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met." William Butler Yeats
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Friends Or Friendship    Irish Poet   

William Butler Yeats

"Think where man's glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends." William Butler Yeats
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Editor's Pick    Friends Or Friendship    Quote of the Day   

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"Education is not the filling of the pail, but, the lighting of the fire." William Butler Yeats
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"One often hears of a horse that shivers with terror, or of a dog that howls at something a man's eyes cannot see, and men who live primitive lives where instinct does the work of reason are fully conscious of many things that we cannot perceive at all. As life becomes more orderly, more deliberate, the supernatural world sinks farther away." William Butler Yeats
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"we can make our minds so still like water. That beings gather about us to see their own images, and so live for a moment with a clearer perhaps even with a fiercer life because of silence." William Butler Yeats
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"Come away, O human child: To the waters and the wild with a fairy, hand in hand, For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand." William Butler Yeats
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"Words are always getting conventionalized to some secondary meaning. It is one of the works of poetry to take the truants in custody and bring them back to their right senses." William Butler Yeats
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"Now that my ladder's goneI must lie down where all ladders startIn the foul rag and bone shop of the heart." William Butler Yeats
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"Who stole your wits awayAnd where are they gone?" William Butler Yeats
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"Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people." William Butler Yeats
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"Mysticism has been in the past and probably ever will be one of the great powers of the world and it is bad scholarship to pretend the contrary. You may argue against it but you should no more treat it with disrespect than a perfectly cultivated writ" William Butler Yeats
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"Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity." William Butler Yeats
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"Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking." William Butler Yeats
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"The wind blows out of the gates of the day, The wind blows over the lonely of heart, And the lonely of heart is withered away" William Butler Yeats
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"When such as I cast out remorseSo great a sweetness flows into the breastWe must laugh and we must sing,We are blest by everything,Everything we look upon is blest." William Butler Yeats
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"Farewell -- farewell,For I am weary of the weight of time." William Butler Yeats
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"Where beauty has no ebb, decay no flood, But joy is wisdom, time an endless song." William Butler Yeats
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"We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry." William Butler Yeats
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"Those that I fight I do not hate, those that I guard I do not love." William Butler Yeats
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"The worst thing about some men is that when they are not drunk they are sober." William Butler Yeats
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"I agree about Shaw - he is haunted by the mystery he flouts. He is an atheist who trembles in the haunted corridor." William Butler Yeats
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