William Blake

(28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827 / London)

William Blake Quotes

  • ''He is called by thy name,
    For he calls himself a Lamb,
    He is meek, and he is mild;
    He became a little child.
    I a child, and thou a lamb,
    We are called by his name.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. The Lamb (l. 13-18). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
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  • ''To generalize is to be an idiot. To particularize is the alone distinction of merit. General knowledges are those knowledges that idiots possess.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957). "Discourse II," annotations to Sir Joshua Reynolds, Discourses (c. 1808).
  • ''Little Lamb, who made thee?
    Dost thou know who made thee?''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. From SONGS OF INNOCENCE. The Lamb (l. 1-2). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
  • ''\'Break this heavy chain
    That does freeze my bones around.
    Selfish, vain,
    Eternal bane!
    That free love with bondage bound.'''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. Earth's Answer (l. 21-25). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
  • ''Christianity is art & not money. Money is its curse.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957). The Laocoön, notes (engraved c. 1820).
  • ''Can delight
    Chained in night
    The virgins of youth and morning bear?''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. Earth's Answer (l. 13-15). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
  • ''Fun I love, but too much fun is of all things the most loathsome. Mirth is better than fun, and happiness is better than mirth.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. letter, Aug. 23, 1799. The Letters of William Blake (1956).
  • ''Does the sower
    Sow by night,
    Or the ploughman in darkness plough?''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. Earth's Answer (l. 18-20). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
  • ''As a man is, so he sees. As the eye is formed, such are its powers.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. The Letters of William Blake, letter, Aug. 23, 1799 (1956).
  • ''A man's worst enemies are those
    Of his own house & family;
    And he who makes his law a curse,
    By his own law shall surely die.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. Fields from Islington to Marybone (Plate 27, l. 81-84). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.

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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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Love's Secret

Never seek to tell thy love,
Love that never told can be;
For the gentle wind does move
Silently, invisibly.

I told my love, I told my love,
I told her all my heart;
Trembling, cold, in ghastly fears,
Ah! she did depart!

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