William Butler Yeats

Irish poet and dramatist (1865-1939)

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Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire.
Think where man's glory most begins and ends, And say my glory was I had such friends.
Things fall apart the center cannot hold Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.
You shall go with me, newly-married bride,And gaze upon a merrier multitude.White-armed Nuala, Aengus of the Birds,Feachra of the hurtling form, and himWho is the ruler of the Western Host,Finvara, and their Land of Heart's Desire.Where beauty has no ebb, decay no flood,But joy is wisdom, time an endless song.
A pity beyond all telling is hid in the heart of love.
An aged man is but a paltry thing, a tattered coat upon a stick.
An intellectual hate is the worst.
And say my glory was I had such friends.
But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.
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 spread my dreams under your feet
I think you can leave the arts, superior or inferior, to the conscience of mankind.
One should not lose one's temper unless one is certain of getting more and more angry to the end.
The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.
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.
The only business of the head in the world is to bow a ceaseless obeisance to the heart.
The worst thing about some men is that when they are not drunk they are sober.
The years like great black oxen tread the world, and God the herdsman treads them on behind, and I am broken by their passing feet.
Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.
Too long a sacrifice Can make a stone of the heart.
Too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart. O. When may it suffice?
We taste and feel and see the truth. We do not reason outselves into it.

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