William Butler Yeats Quotes

Who the Heck 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.”

William Butler Yeats

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

William Butler Yeats

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

William Butler Yeats

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

William Butler Yeats

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

William Butler Yeats

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

William Butler Yeats

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

William Butler Yeats

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

William Butler Yeats

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

William Butler Yeats

“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.”

William Butler Yeats

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

William Butler Yeats

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

William Butler Yeats

“Myself I must remake.”

William Butler Yeats

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

William Butler Yeats

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

William Butler Yeats

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

William Butler Yeats

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

William Butler Yeats

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

William Butler Yeats

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

William Butler Yeats

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

William Butler Yeats

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

William Butler Yeats

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

William Butler Yeats

“What can be explained is not poetry.”

William Butler Yeats

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

William Butler Yeats

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

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"Responsibilities" Quotes

“In dreams begin responsibilities.”

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

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

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