William Blake

(28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827 / London)

William Blake Quotes

  • ''I must create a system or be enslaved by another man's;
    I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. Los, in Jerusalem, ch. 1, plate 10.
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  • ''The reason Milton wrote in fetters when he wrote of Angels & God, and at liberty when of Devils & Hell, is because he was a true Poet, and of the Devil's party without knowing it.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, plate 6, "The Voice of the Devil," (c. 1793), repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957).
  • ''Come higher, Sleep,
    And my griefs enfold:''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. From Poetical Sketches. Mad Song (l. 3-4). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
  • ''Prisons are built with stones of law, brothels with bricks of religion.''
    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).
  • ''Like a fiend in a cloud
    With howling woe,
    After night I do crowd,
    And with night will go;''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. From Poetical Sketches. Mad Song (l. 17-20). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
  • ''Always be ready to speak your mind, and a base man will avoid you.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957). The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, "Proverbs of Hell," plate 8 (1790-1793).
  • ''For light doth seize my brain
    With frantic pain.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. From Poetical Sketches. Mad Song (l. 23-24). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
  • ''I traveld thro' a Land of Men
    A Land of Men & Women too,
    And heard & saw such dreadful things
    As cold Earth wanderers never knew.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. The Mental Traveller (l. 1-4). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
  • ''What is it men in women do require?
    The lineaments of Gratified Desire.
    What is it women do in men require?
    The lineaments of Gratified Desire.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. Manuscript Notebook (1793), no. 46, "The Question Answered," published in Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957).
  • ''And she grows young as he grows old.''
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. The Mental Traveller (l. 20). . . 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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