William Blake

(28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827 / London)

William Blake Quotes

  • ''The Maiden caught me in the Wild,
    Where I was dancing merrily;
    She put me into her Cabinet
    And Lock'd me up with a golden Key.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. The Crystal Cabinet (l. 1-4). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
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  • ''It is not because angels are holier than men or devils that makes them angels, but because they do not expect holiness from one another, but from God only.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957). "A Vision of the Last Judgement," (1810).
  • ''And all must love the human form,
    In heathen, Turk, or Jew.
    Where Mercy, Love, and Pity dwell
    There God is dwelling too.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. From SONGS OF INNOCENCE. The Divine Image (l. 17-20). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
  • ''Thinking as I do that the Creator of this world is a very cruel being, & being a worshipper of Christ, I cannot help saying: "the Son, O how unlike the Father!" First God Almighty comes with a thump on the head. Then Jesus Christ comes with a balm to heal it.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. A Vision of the Last Judgement (1810), repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957).
  • ''For Mercy has a human heart,
    Pity, a human face;
    And Love, the human form divine,
    And Peace, the human dress.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. From SONGS OF INNOCENCE. The Divine Image (l. 9-12). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
  • ''You cannot have Liberty in this world without what you call Moral Virtue, & you cannot have Moral Virtue without the slavery of that half of the human race who hate what you call Moral Virtue.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957). A Vision of the Last Judgment (c. 1810).
  • ''"Such, such were the joys
    When we all, girls and boys,
    In our youth time were seen
    On the Echoing Green."''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. From SONGS OF INNOCENCE. The Echoing Green (l. 17-20). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
  • ''Prepare your hearts for Death's cold hand! prepare
    Your souls for flight, your bodies for the earth;
    Prepare your arms for glorious victory;
    Prepare your eyes to meet a holy God!
    Prepare, prepare!''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. A War Song to Englishmen (l. 6-10). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
  • ''If thought is life
    And strength & breath,
    And the want
    Of thought is death;

    Then am I
    A happy fly,
    If I live,
    Or if I die.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. The Fly (l. 13-20). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
  • ''What is grand is necessarily obscure to weak men. That which can be made explicit to the idiot is not worth my care.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. letter, Aug. 23, 1799. Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957).

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Best Poem of William Blake

A Poison Tree

I was angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.

And I watered it in fears,
Night and morning with my tears;
And I sunned it with smiles,
And with soft deceitful wiles.

And it grew both day and night,
Till it bore an apple bright.
And my foe beheld it shine.
And he knew that it was mine,

And into my garden stole
When the night had veiled the pole;
In the morning glad I see
My foe outstretched beneath the tree.

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Samson

Samson, the strongest of the children of men, I sing; how he was foiled by woman's arts, by a false wife brought to the gates of death! O Truth! that shinest with propitious beams, turning our earthly night to heavenly day, from presence of the Almighty Father, thou visitest our darkling world with blessed feet, bringing good news of Sin and Death

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