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

    William Butler Yeats
    Certainty
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    And say my glory was I had such friends.

    William Butler Yeats
    Friends and Friendship
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    In dreams begin responsibility.

    William Butler Yeats
    Responsibility
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    But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

    William Butler Yeats
    Dream
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    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, the blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned.

    William Butler Yeats
    Chaos
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    Too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart. O. When may it suffice?

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

    William Butler Yeats
    Reason
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    An aged man is but a paltry thing, a tattered coat upon a stick

    William Butler Yeats
    Age and Aging
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    Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.

    William Butler Yeats
    Language
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    A pity beyond all telling is hid in the heart of love.

    William Butler Yeats
    Love
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    Those that I fight I do not hate, those that I guard I do not love.

    William Butler Yeats
    Army and Navy
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    When you are old and gray and full of sleep, and nodding by the fire, take down this book and slowly read, and dream of the soft look your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep.

    William Butler Yeats
    Nostalgia
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    Life is a long preparation for something that never happens.

    William Butler Yeats
    Planning
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    Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.

    William Butler Yeats
    Happiness
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    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.

    William Butler Yeats
    Death and Dying
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    The worst thing about some men is that when they are not drunk they are sober.

    William Butler Yeats
    Alcohol and Alcoholism
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    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.

    William Butler Yeats
    Perfection
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    Think where man’s glory most begins and ends, And say my glory was I had such friends.

    William Butler Yeats
    Friends and Friendship
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    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.

    William Butler Yeats
    Colleges and Universities
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    Designs in connection with postage stamps and coinage may be described, I think, as the silent ambassadors on national taste.

    William Butler Yeats
    Design
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    I think you can leave the arts, superior or inferior, to the conscience of mankind.

    William Butler Yeats
    Censorship
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    We are happy when for everything inside us there is a corresponding something outside us.

    William Butler Yeats
    Happiness
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    Education is not the filling of the pail, but, the lighting of the fire.

    William Butler Yeats
    Motivation
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    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.

    William Butler Yeats
    Family
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    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.

    William Butler Yeats
    Writers and Writing
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    To be born woman is to know — although they do not speak of it at school — women must labor to be beautiful.

    William Butler Yeats
    Woman
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    I have believed the best of every man. And find that to believe is enough to make a bad man show him at his best, or even a good man swings his lantern higher.

    William Butler Yeats
    Praise
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    I hate journalists. There is nothing in them but tittering jeering emptiness. They have all made what Dante calls the Great Refusal. The shallowest people on the ridge of the earth.

    William Butler Yeats
    Journalism and Journalists
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    Words are always getting conventionalized to some secondary meaning. It is one of the works of poetry to take the truants in custody and bring them back to their right senses.

    William Butler Yeats
    Words
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    Mysticism has been in the past and probably ever will be one of the great powers of the world and it is bad scholarship to pretend the contrary. You may argue against it but you should no more treat it with disrespect than a perfectly cultivated writer would treat (say) the Catholic Church or the Church of Luther no matter how much he disliked them.

    William Butler Yeats
    Mystics and Mysticism
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    It is most important that we should keep in this country a certain leisured class. I am of the opinion of the ancient Jewish book which says there is no wisdom without leisure.

    William Butler Yeats
    Leisure
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    Englishmen are babes in philosophy and so prefer faction-fighting to the labor of its unfamiliar thought.

    William Butler Yeats
    Philosophers and Philosophy
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    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.

    William Butler Yeats
    Time and Time Management
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    A line will take us hours maybe; Yet if it does not seem a moment’s thought, our stitching and unstinting has been naught.

    William Butler Yeats
    Creativity
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    I think it better that in times like these a poet’s mouth be silent, for in truth we have no gift to set a statesman right.

    William Butler Yeats
    War
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    I carry from my mother’s womb a fanatic’s heart.

    William Butler Yeats
    Fanatics and Fanaticism

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