William Butler Yeats Quotes

11 November 2014

Designs in connection with postage stamps and coinage may be described, I think, as the silent ambassadors on national taste.

11 November 2014

It is most important that we should keep in this country a certain leisured class.... I am of the opinion of the ancient Jewish book which says "there is no wisdom without leisure."

11 November 2014

I hate journalists. There is nothing in them but tittering jeering emptiness. They have all made what Dante calls the Great Refusal.... The shallowest people on the ridge of the earth.

11 November 2014

"... Let the cage bird and the cage bird mate and the wild bird mate in the wild."

11 November 2014

Words are always getting conventionalized to some secondary meaning. It is one of the works of poetry to take the truants in custody and bring them back to their right senses.

11 November 2014

But was there ever dog that praised his fleas?

11 November 2014

We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry.

11 November 2014

I agree about Shaw—he is haunted by the mystery he flouts. He is an atheist who trembles in the haunted corridor.

11 November 2014

Man can embody truth but he cannot know it.

11 November 2014

I am of a healthy long lived race, and our minds improve with age.