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William Blake

Blake in a portrait
by Thomas Phillips (1807)
Born (1757-11-28)28 November 1757
Soho, London, Great Britain
Died 12 August 1827(1827-08-12) (aged 69)
Charing Cross, London, Great Britain[1]
Occupation Poet, painter, printmaker
Genre Visionary, poetry
Literary movement Romanticism
Notable works Songs of Innocence and of Experience, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, The Four Zoas, Jerusalem, Milton, And did those feet in ancient time
Spouse Catherine Boucher (1782–1827, his death)

Both read the Bible day and night, but thou read black where I read white.
Exuberance is beauty.
If the Sun and Moon should ever doubt, they'd immediately go out.
A truth that's told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent.
In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.
Where mercy, love, and pity dwell, there God is dwelling too.
What is grand is necessarily obscure to weak men. That which can be made explicit to the idiot is not worth my care.
William Blake
He who would do good to another must do it in Minute Particulars: general Good is the plea of the scoundrel, hypocrite, and flatterer, for Art and Science cannot exist but in minutely organized Particulars.
William Blake
I have no name: I am but two days old. What shall I call thee? I happy am, Joy is my name. Sweet joy befall thee!
William Blake
I must create a system or be enslaved by another mans; I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.
William Blake
The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.
Can I see another's woe, and not be in sorrow too? Can I see another's grief, and not seek for kind relief?
William Blake
One thought fills immensity.
Do what you will, this world's a fiction and is made up of contradiction.
William Blake
Those who restrain their desires, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained.
William Blake
The true method of knowledge is experiment.
It is not because angels are holier than men or devils that makes them angels, but because they do not expect holiness from one another, but from God only.
William Blake
Great things are done when men and mountains meet.
The difference between a bad artist and a good one is: the bad artist seems to copy a great deal; the good one really does.
William Blake
When a sinister person means to be your enemy, they always start by trying to become your friend.
William Blake
Art can never exist without naked beauty displayed.
What is the price of experience? Do men buy it for a song? Or wisdom for a dance in the street? No, it is bought with the price of all the man hath, his house, his wife, his children.
William Blake
When the green woods laugh with the voice of joy, And the dimpling stream runs laughing by; When the air does laugh with our merry wit, And the green hill laughs with the noise of it.
William Blake
Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.
William Blake
What is now proved was once only imagined.
As a man is, so he sees. As the eye is formed, such are its powers.
To generalize is to be an idiot.
Art is the tree of life. Science is the tree of death.
Fun I love, but too much fun is of all things the most loathsome. Mirth is better than fun, and happiness is better than mirth.
William Blake
You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough.
Poetry fettered, fetters the human race. Nations are destroyed or flourish in proportion as their poetry, painting, and music are destroyed or flourish.
William Blake
He who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence.
He whose face gives no light, shall never become a star.
The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.
A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.
The hours of folly are measured by the clock; but of wisdom, no clock can measure.
William Blake
I am in you and you in me, mutual in divine love.
Opposition is true friendship.
The man who never alters his opinions is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.
William Blake
Prisons are built with stones of Law. Brothels with the bricks of religion.
William Blake
It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
Energy is an eternal delight, and he who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence.
William Blake
Christ's crucifix shall be made an excuse for executing criminals.
You cannot have Liberty in this world without what you call Moral Virtue, and you cannot have Moral Virtue without the slavery of that half of the human race who hate what you call Moral Virtue.
William Blake
The eye altering, alters all.
When I tell the truth, it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it, but for the sake of defending those that do.
William Blake
To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower Hold infinity in the palms of your hand and eternity in an hour.
William Blake
If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise.
Always be ready to speak your mind, and a base man will avoid you.
The weak in courage is strong in cunning.
Travelers repose and dream among my leaves.
If a thing loves, it is infinite.
No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.
Without contraries is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence.
William Blake
What is a wife and what is a harlot? What is a church and what is a theatre? are they two and not one? Can they exist separate? Are not religion and politics the same thing? Brotherhood is religion. O demonstrations of reason dividing families in cruelty and pride!
William Blake
Love seeketh not itself to please, nor for itself hath any care, but for another gives its ease, and builds a Heaven in Hell's despair.
William Blake
The soul of sweet delight, can never be defiled.
Prudence is a rich, ugly, old maid courted by incapacity.
The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.
Imagination is the real and eternal world of which this vegetable universe is but a faint shadow.
William Blake
The foundation of empire is art and science. Remove them or degrade them, and the empire is no more. Empire follows art and not vice versa as Englishmen suppose.
William Blake
Every harlot was a virgin once.
I was angry with my friend: I told my wrath, my wrath did end. I was angry with my foe: I told it not, my wrath did grow.
William Blake
Want of money and the distress of a thief can never be alleged as the cause of his thieving, for many honest people endure greater hardships with fortitude. We must therefore seek the cause elsewhere than in want of money, for that is the miser's passion, not the thief s.
William Blake
That the Jews assumed a right exclusively to the benefits of God will be a lasting witness against them and the same will it be against Christians.
William Blake
Excessive sorrow laughs. Excessive joy weeps.
To the eyes of a miser a guinea is more beautiful than the sun, and a bag worn with the use of money has more beautiful proportions than a vine filled with grapes.
William Blake
The man who never in his mind and thoughts travel'd to heaven is no artist.
William Blake
Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.
William Blake
Lives in eternity's sun rise.
Active Evil is better than Passive Good.
For everything that lives is holy, life delights in life.
If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.
William Blake
The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.
The fool who persists in his folly will become wise.
Eternity is in love with the productions of time.
Man has no Body distinct from his Soul; for that called Body is a portion of Soul discerned by the five Senses, the chief inlets of Soul in this age.
William Blake
The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.
He who binds to himself a joy Does the winged life destroy; But he who kisses the joy as it flies Lives in eternity's sun rise.
William Blake
Love to faults is always blind, always is to joy inclined. Lawless, winged, and unconfined, and breaks all chains from every mind.
William Blake
The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.
William Blake