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William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) Irish poet, revivalist of Irish literature

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Hearts are not to be had as a gift, hearts are to be earned. - William Butler Yeats


I have spread my dreams under your feet; tread softly because you tread on my dreams. - William Butler Yeats


Tread softly because you tread on my dreams. - William Butler Yeats


Those that I fight I do not hate, Those that I guard I do not love. (An Irish Airman Foresees His Death) - William Butler Yeats


I at midnight by the clock may creep into your bed. - William Butler Yeats


The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. (The Second Coming) - William Butler Yeats


I am still of opinion that only two topics can be of the least interest to a serious and studious mood, sex and the dead. - William Butler Yeats


Man can embody truth but he cannot know it. The intellect of man is forced to choose perfection of the life, or of the work, and if it take the second must refuse a heavenly mansion, raging in the dark. - William Butler Yeats


Think where man's glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends. - William Butler Yeats


The only business of the head in the world is to bow a ceaseless obeisance to the heart. - William Butler Yeats


In wise love each defines the secret self of the other, and refusing to believe in the mere daily self, creates a mirror where the lover or the beloved sees an image to copy in daily life; for love also creates the Mask. - William Butler Yeats