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All empty souls tend toward extreme opinions.
William Butler Yeats

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.
William Butler Yeats

One day when I was twenty-three or twenty-four this sentence seemed to form in my head,
without my willing it, much as sentences form when we are half-asleep: "Hammer your
thoughts into unity." For days I could think of nothing else, and for years I tested all I did by
that sentence.
William Butler Yeats

The friends that have it I do wrong
Whenever I remake a song
Should know what issue is at stake,
It is myself that I remake.
William Butler Yeats

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

If suffering brings wisdom, I would wish to be less wise.
William Butler Yeats

A mermaid found a swimming lad,
Picked him up for her own,
Pressed her body to his body,
Laughed; and plunging down
Forgot in cruel happiness
That even lovers drown.
William Butler Yeats

People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part
of the mind.
William Butler Yeats

Too long a sacrifice can make a stone of a heart.
William Butler Yeats

The land of faery,
Where nobody gets old and godly and grave,
Where nobody gets old and crafty and wise,
Where nobody gets old and bitter of tongue.
William Butler Yeats

The blessed spirits must be sought within the self which is common to all.
William Butler Yeats

Better go down to your marrow-bones
And scrub a kitchen pavement, or break stones
Like an old pauper, in all kinds of weather;
For to articulate sweet sounds together
Is to work harder than all these.
William Butler Yeats

But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
William Butler Yeats

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