William Butler Yeats quotes

 quotes - Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking. Share

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

— William Butler Yeats

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“There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met.”

— William Butler Yeats

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

— 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

“Books are but waste paper unless we spend in action the wisdom we get from thought - asleep. When we are weary of the living, we may repair to the dead, who have nothing of peevishness, pride, or design in their conversation.”

— William Butler Yeats

“I am still of opinion that only two topics can be of the least interest to a serious and studious mood - sex and the dead.”

— William Butler Yeats

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

— William Butler Yeats

“A pity beyond all telling is hid in the heart of love.”

— William Butler Yeats

“We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry.”

— William Butler Yeats

“And say my glory was I had such friends.”

— William Butler Yeats

“Accursed who brings to light of day the writings I have cast away.”

— William Butler Yeats

“How can we know the dancer from the dance?”

— William Butler Yeats

“Cast your mind on other days that we in coming days may be still the indomitable Irishry.”

— William Butler Yeats

“An intellectual hatred is the worst.”

— William Butler Yeats

“Choose your companions from the best; Who draws a bucket with the rest soon topples down the hill.”

— William Butler Yeats

“I am of a healthy long lived race, and our minds improve with age.”

— William Butler Yeats

“I think you can leave the arts, superior or inferior, to the conscience of mankind.”

— William Butler Yeats

“Man can embody truth but he cannot know it.”

— William Butler Yeats

“Those that I fight I do not hate, those that I guard I do not love.”

— William Butler Yeats

“I balanced all, brought all to mind, the years to come seemed waste of breath, a waste of breath the years behind, in balance with this life, this death.”

— William Butler Yeats

“The creations of a great writer are little more than the moods and passions of his own heart, given surnames and Christian names, and sent to walk the earth.”

— William Butler Yeats

“Irish poets, learn your trade, sing whatever is well made, scorn the sort now growing up all out of shape from toe to top.”

— William Butler Yeats

“The only business of the head in the world is to bow a ceaseless obeisance to the heart.”

— William Butler Yeats

“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

“In dreams begins responsibility.”

— William Butler Yeats

“Too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart. O when may it suffice?”

— William Butler Yeats

“You that would judge me, do not judge alone this book or that, come to this hallowed place where my friends' portraits hang and look thereon; Ireland's history in their lineaments trace; think where man's glory most begins and ends and say my glory was I had such friends.”

— William Butler Yeats

“The light of lights looks always on the motive, not the deed, the shadow of shadows on the deed alone.”

— William Butler Yeats

“Every conquering temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.”

— William Butler Yeats

“I have believed the best of every man. And find that to believe is enough to make a bad man show him at his best, or even a good man swings his lantern higher.”

— William Butler Yeats