William Butler Yeats
William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet, dramatist, writer and one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature. He was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival and became a pillar of the Irish literary establishment who helped to found the Abbey Theatre. In his later years he served two terms as a Senator of the Irish Free State.
William Butler Yeats Quotes Page 3
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.
Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.
Nor dread nor hope attend a dying animal a man awaits his end dreading and hoping all.
I heard the old, old, men say 'all that's beautiful drifts away, like the waters.'
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 worst thing about some men is that when they are not drunk they are sober.
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; How many loved your moments of glad grace, And loved your beauty with love false or true But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you, And loved the sorrows of your changing face. And bending down beside the glowing bars, Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled And paced upon the mountains overhead And hid his face amid a crowd of stars. When you are Old.
A line will take us hours maybe; Yet if it does not seem a moment's thought, Our stitching and unstitching has been naught.
Come away, O human child!? To the waters and the wild With a faery, hand in hand,? For the world's more full of weeping Than you can understand.
Like a long-legged fly upon the stream His mind moves upon silence.