William Blake

(28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827 / London)

William Blake Quotes

  • ''Struggling in my father's hands,
    Striving against my swaddling bands,
    Bound and weary, I thought best
    To sulk upon my mother's breast.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. Infant Sorrow (l. 5-8). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
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  • ''If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is,infinite.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, plate 14, "A Memorable Fancy," (c. 1793), repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957). "The Doors of Perception" was the title of Aldous Huxley's essay on his experience with mescaline (1954); the 1960s rock group The Doors also reputedly took their name from Blake's aphorism. Blake continued, "For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern."
  • ''You smile with pomp & rigor, you talk of benevolence & virtue;
    I act with benevolence & virtue & get murdered time after time.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957). Jerusalem, ch. 4, plate 91 (1804-1820).
  • ''Eternity is in love with the productions of time.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, plate 7, "Proverbs of Hell," (c. 1793), repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957).
  • ''He who would do good to another must do it in Minute Particulars:
    General Good is the plea of the scoundrel, hypocrite, and flatterer,
    For Art and Science cannot exist but in minutely organized Particulars.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. Jerusalem, ch. 3, plate 55 (c. 1820), repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957).
  • ''The cistern contains: The fountain overflows.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, plate 8, "Proverbs of Hell," (1790-1793).
  • ''England! awake! awake! awake!
    Jerusalem thy sister calls!
    Why wilt thou sleep the sleep of death,
    And close her from thy ancient walls?''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. Jerusalem, plate 77, "To the Christians," (c. 1820), repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957).
  • ''When thou seest an eagle, thou seest a portion of genius; lift up thy head!''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, plate 9 (1790-1793).
  • ''What seems to be, is, to those to whom
    It seems to be, and is productive of the most dreadful
    Consequences to those to whom it seems to be, even of
    Torments, despair, eternal death.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957). Jerusalem, ch. 2, plate 36 (1804-1820).
  • ''The weak in courage is strong in cunning.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, plate 9, "Proverbs of Hell," (c. 1793), repr. In 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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