William Butler Yeats

125William Butler Yeats Quotes

Irish Poet born on June 13, 1865, died on January 28, 1939

William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature. A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, in his later years he served as an Irish Senator for two terms. Yeats was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival and, along with Lady Gregory, Edward Martyn, and others, founded the Abbey Theatre, where he served as its chief during its early years. In 1923, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature as the first Irishman so honoured for what the Nobel Committee described as "inspired poetry, which in a highly artistic form gives expression to the spirit of a whole nation." Yeats is generally considered one of the few writers who completed their greatest works after being awarded the Nobel Prize; such works include The Tower and The Winding Stair and Other Poems... (source)

How far away the stars seem, and how far is our first kiss, and ah, how old my heart. view quote

Take, if you must, this little bag of dreams, Unloose the cord, and they will wrap you round. view quote

People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind. view quote

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. view quote

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

You that would judge me, do not judge alone this book or that, come to this hallowed place where my friends' portraits hang and look thereon; Ireland's history in their lineaments trace; think where man's glory most begins and ends and say my glory was I had such friends. view quote

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. view quote

There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met. view quote

Why should we honour those that die upon the field of battle? A man may show as reckless a courage in entering into the abyss of himself. view quote

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

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