William Butler Yeats Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old William Butler Yeats quotes, William Butler Yeats sayings, and William Butler Yeats proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind. William Butler Yeats
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. William Butler Yeats
Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking. William Butler Yeats
I made my song a coat Covered with embroideries Out of old mythologies From heel to throat But the fools caught it, Wore it in the world's eyes As though they'd wrought it. Song, let them take it, For there's more enterprise In walking naked. William Butler Yeats
A pity beyond all telling is hid in the heart of love. William Butler Yeats
Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking. William Butler Yeats
People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind. William Butler Yeats
In dreams begins responsibility. William Butler Yeats
Though you are in your shining days / Voices among the crowd / And new friends busy with your praise / Be not unkind or proud / But think about old friends the most / Time's bitter flood will rise / Your beauty perish and be lost / For all eyes but these eyes. William Butler Yeats
I will arise and go now, for always night and day / I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore; / While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey, / I hear it in the deep heart’s core. William Butler Yeats
Life moves out of a red flare of dreams Into a common light of common hours, Until old age brings the red flare again. William Butler Yeats
Shakespearean fish swam the sea, far away from land; Romantic fish swam in nets coming to the hand. William Butler Yeats
From our birthday, until we die, is but the winking of an eye. William Butler Yeats
Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking. William Butler Yeats
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. William Butler Yeats
Hearts are not had as a gift but hearts are earned. William Butler Yeats
This great purple butterfly, in the prison of my hands, has a learning in his eye not a poor fool understands. William Butler Yeats
So great a sweetness flows into the breast / We must laugh and we must sing, / We are blessed by everything,/ Everything we look upon is blest. William Butler Yeats
I declare this tower is my symbol; I declare / This winding, gyring, spiring treadmill of a stair is my ancestral stair William Butler Yeats
Half in the unvesselled sea, we climbed the stair / And climbed so long, I thought the last steps were / Hung from the morning star; when these mild words / Fanned the delighted air like wings of birds: William Butler Yeats
WHAT'S riches to him That has made a great peacock With the pride of his eye? The wind-beaten, stone-grey and desolate three rock would nourish his whim. William Butler Yeats
O what if gardens where the peacock strays With delicate feet upon old terraces, Or else all Juno from an urn displays Before the indifferent garden deities; William Butler Yeats
I passed a little further on and heard a peacock say: Who made the grass and made the worms and made my feathers gay. William Butler Yeats
He is a monstrous peacock, and He waveth all the night His languid tail above us, lit with myriad spots of light. William Butler Yeats
Sang old Tom the lunatic / That sleeps under the canopy: / 'What change has put my thoughts astray / And eyes that had so keen a sight? / What has turned to smoking wick / Nature's pure unchanging light? / 'Huddon and Duddon and Daniel O'Leary. / Holy Joe, the beggar-man, / Wenching, drinking, still remain / Or sing a penance on the road; / Something made these eyeballs weary / That blinked and saw them in a shroud. / 'Whatever stands in field or flood, / Bird, beast, fish or man, / Mare or stallion, cock or hen, / Stands in God's unchanging eye / In all the vigour of its blood; / In that faith I live or die. William Butler Yeats
An old man's eagle mind. William Butler Yeats
True love is a discipline in which each divines the secret self of the other and refuses to believe in the mere daily self. William Butler Yeats
One man loved the pilgrim soul in you and loved the sorrows of your changing face. William Butler Yeats
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. William Butler Yeats
Though leaves are many, the root is one; / Through all the lying days of my youth / I swayed my leaves and flowers in the sun; / Now I may wither into the truth. William Butler Yeats