William Butler Yeats Quotes

Who is William Butler Yeats?

William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet, dramatist and writer.

Born June 13, 1865
Died January 28, 1939

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Best 28 Quotes by William Butler Yeats

“All empty souls tend toward extreme opinions.”

“Be not inhospitable to strangers, lest they be angels in disguise.”

“Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.”

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

“Everything exists, everything is true and the earth is just a bit of dust beneath our feet.”

“Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing.”

“Hearts are not had as a gift but hearts are earned by those who are not entirely beautiful.”

“here are no strangers, only friends you have not met yet.”

“I have spread my dreams under your feet.
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”

“I know that I shall meet my fate somewhere among the clouds above; those that I fight I do not hate, those that I guard I do not love.”

“It takes more courage to examine the dark corners of your own soul than it does for a soldier to fight on a battlefield.”

“Life is a long preparation for something that never happens.”

“Myself I must remake.”

“Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry.”

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“People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.”

“The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.”

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“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”

“The worst thing about some men is that when they are not drunk they are sober.”

“There is another world, but it is in this one.”

“Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.”

“We can only begin to live when we conceive life as tragedy.”

“We taste and feel and see the truth. We do not reason ourselves into it.”

“What can be explained is not poetry.”

“When one gets quiet, then something wakes up inside one, something happy and quiet like the stars.”

“Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.”

Responsibilities Quotes

“In dreams begin responsibilities.”


“Pretending that there can be passion that has more life in it than death.”


“Why should the faithfullest heart most love the bitter sweetness of false faces?”


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