William Blake

visionary British poet and painter (1757-1827)

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A truth that's told with bad intent, Beats all the lies you can invent.
All futurity seems teeming with endless destruction never to be repelled; Desperate remorse swallows the present in a quenchless rage.
Always be ready to speak your mind and a base man will avoid you.
And because I am happy and dance and sing, They think they have done me no injury.
As I was walking among the fires of Hell, delighted with the enjoyments of Genius which to Angels look like torment and insanity. I collected some of their Proverbs.
Energy is eternal delight.
For Mercy has a human heart, Pity, a human face, And Love, the human form divine, And Peace, the human dress.
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.
He who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence.
He's a Blockhead who wants a proof of what he Can't Percieve And he's a Fool who tries to make such a Blockhead believe.
I am really sorry to see my countrymen trouble themselves about politics. If men were wise, the most arbitrary princes could not hurt them. If they are not wise, the freest government is compelled to be a tyranny. Princes appear to me to be fools. Houses of Commons and Houses of Lords appear to me to be fools; they seem to me to be something else besides human life.
I must create a system, or be enslaved by another man's.
I myself do nothing. The Holy Spirit accomplishes all through me.
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.
If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.
Innocence dwells with Wisdom, but never with Ignorance.
It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
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.
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 dispite.
Mutual forgiveness of each vice. Such are the Gates of Paradise.
My mother groan'd, my father wept Into the dangerous world I leapt, Helpless, naked, piping load, Like a friend hid in a cloud.
No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.
Opposition is true friendship.
The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.
The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.
The man who never alters his opinions is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.
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.
The weak in courage is strong in cunning.
This life's dim windows of the soul Distorts the heavens from pole to pole And leads you to believe a lie When you see with, not through, the eye.
Those who restrain desire, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained.
Thou art a Man, God is no more.
Thy own humanity learn to adore.
Thy friendship oft has made my heart to ache do be my enemy--for friendship's sake.
To generalize is to be an idiot.
To me this world is all one continued vision of fancy or imagination, and I feel flattered when I am told so. What is it sets Homer, Virgil and Milton in so high a rank of art? Why is the Bible more entertaining and instructive than any other book? Is it not because they are addressed to the imagination, which is spiritual sensation, and but immediately to the understanding or reason?
To see a world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wildflower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.
To see a world in a Grain of Sand, And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour.
To see a world in a Grain of Sand,
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.
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.
What is now proved was once only imagined.
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.
What seems to be, is, to those to whom it seems to be, and is productive of the most dreadful consequences to those to whom it seems to be, even of torments, despair, eternal death.
What seems to be, is, to those to whom it seems to be, and is productive of the most dreadful consequences to those to whom it seems to be, even of torments, despair, eternal death.
When I tell any truth it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it, but for the sake of defending those who do.
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.
When the doors of perception are cleansed, man will see things as they truly are, infinite.
When thou seest an eagle, thou seest a portion of genius lift up thy head
Where Mercy, Love, and Pity dwell There God is dwelling too.
You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes only if you generously consent to share them.

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