William Butler Yeats Quotes

Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.

I know that I shall meet my fate Somewhere among the clouds above; Those that I fight I do not hate, Those that I guard I do not love; My county is Kiltartan Cross, My countrymen Kiltartan’s poor, No likely end could bring them loss Or leave them happier than before. Nor law, nor duty […]

The darkness drops again; but now I know That twenty centuries of stony sleep Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle, And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

Like a long-legged fly upon the stream His mind moves among silence.

I think it better that in times like these a poet’s mouth be silent, for in truth we have no gift to set a statesman right.

Once you attempt legislation upon religious grounds, you open the way for every kind of intolerance and religious persecution.

Things said or done long years ago, Or things I did not do or say But thought that I might say or do, Weigh me down, and not a day But something is recalled, My conscience or my vanity appalled.

All empty souls tend toward extreme opinions.

An aged man is but a paltry thing, a tattered coat upon a stick

I thought no more was needed Youth to prolong Than dumbbell and foil To keep the body young. Oh, who could have foretold – That the heart grows old?