William Butler Yeats Quotes and Quotations
Style, personality - deliberately adopted and therefore a mask - is the only escape from the hot-faced bargainers and money-changers.
The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.
The worst thing about some men is that when they are not drunk they are sober.
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
Too long a sacrifice Can make a stone of the heart.
The intellect of man is forced to choose Perfection of the life or of the work.
Life is a long preparation for something that never happens.
Wine comes in at the mouth and love comes in at the eye; that's all we shall know for truth before we grow old and die.
Only that which does not teach, which does not cry out, which does not condescend, which does not explain, is irresistible.
All empty souls tend to extreme opinion.
Of our conflicts with others we make rhetoric; of our conflicts with ourselves we make poetry.
A statesman is an easy man, He tells his lies by rote; A journalist makes up his lies And takes you by the throat; So stay at home and drink your beer And let the neighbours vote.
Be secret and exult, Because of all things known That is most difficult.
Joy is the will which labours, which overcomes obstacles, which knows triumph.
Florence Farr once said to me, "If we could say to ourselves, with sincerity, 'this passing moment is as good as any I shall ever know,' we could die upon the instant and be united with God."
People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.
No man has ever lived that had enough of children's gratitude or woman's love.
Joy is the will which labors, which overcomes obstacles, which knows triumph.
She bid me take love easy, as the leaves grow on the tree; But I, being young and foolish, with her would not agree.