William Butler Yeats

13 Jun 1865 // 28 Jan 1939


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An intellectual hate is the worst.
In dreams begins responsibility.

Responsibilities, 1914

An agony of flame that cannot singe a sleeve.

The Winding Stair and Other Poems, 1933. Byzantium

Homer is my example and his unchristened heart.

The Winding Stair and Other Poems, 1933. Vacillation
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."