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William Butler Yeats quotes

Irish poet, dramatist, and prose writer, 1923 Nobel Prize for Literature, 1865-1939

One had a lovely face, and two or three had charm, but charm and face were in vain. Because the mountain grass cannot keep the form where the mountain hare has lain.


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


This melancholy London- I sometimes imagine that the souls of the lost are compelled to walk through its streets perpetually. One feels them passing like a whiff of air.


Think where man's glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends.


The problem with some people is that when they aren't drunk, they're sober.


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


The land of fairy, where nobody gets old and godly and grave, where nobody gets old and crafty and wise, where nobody gets old and bitter of tongue.


The intellect of man is forced to choose perfection of the life, or of the work, and if it take the second must refuse a heavenly mansion, raging in the dark.


I carry from my mother's womb a fanatic's heart.


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


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