William Blake

(28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827 / London)

William Blake Quotes

  • ''Embraces are cominglings from the head even to the feet,
    And not a pompous high priest entering by a secret place.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. Jerusalem, ch. 3, plate 69, l. 43-4 (c. 1820), repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957).
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  • ''He who desires but acts not, breeds pestilence.''
    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).
  • ''What is a wife and what is a harlot? What is a church and what
    Is a theatre? are they two and not one? can they exist separate?
    Are not religion and politics the same thing? Brotherhood is religion,
    O demonstrations of reason dividing families in cruelty and pride!''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. Jerusalem, plate 57, repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957).
  • ''Without contraries is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, plate 3, "The Argument," (c. 1793), repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957).
  • ''When the painted birds laugh in the shade,
    When our table with cherries and nuts is spread:
    Come live, and be merry, and join with me
    To sing the sweet chorus of 'Ha, ha, he!'''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. From SONGS OF INNOCENCE. Laughing Song (l. 9-12). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
  • ''A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.''
    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).
  • ''How the Chimney-sweepers cry
    Every blackning Church appalls,
    And the hapless Soldiers sigh
    Runs in blood down Palace walls''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. London (l. 9-12). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
  • ''No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings.''
    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).
  • ''But most thro' midnight streets I hear
    How the youthful Harlots curse
    Blasts the new-born Infants tear
    And blights with plagues the Marriage hearse''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. London (l. 13-16). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
  • ''One thought fills immensity.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, plate 8, "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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