Quotes by: William Butler Yeats
An aged man is but a paltry thing, a tattered coat upon a stick, unless soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing for every tatter in its mortal dress.
I wonder anybody does anything at Oxford but dream and remember, the place is so beautiful. One almost expects the people to sing instead of speaking. It is all like an opera.
Nor dread nor hope attend a dying animal; a man awaits his end dreading and hoping all.
Irish poets, learn your trade, sing whatever is well made, scorn the sort now growing up all out of shape from toe to top.
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.
I have known more men destroyed by the desire to have wife and child and to keep them in comfort than I have seen destroyed by drink and harlots.
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.
The light of lights looks always on the motive, not the deed, the shadow of shadows on the deed alone.
Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!
Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.
Why should we honour those that die upon the field of battle? A man may show as reckless a courage in entering into the abyss of himself.
We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry.
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.
The years like great black oxen tread the world, and God, the herdsman goads them on behind, and I am broken by their passing feet.
Think where man's glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends.