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William Butler Yeats's top quotes. 'I heard the old, old, men say 'all that's beautiful drifts away, like the waters.'' 'But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.'


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I heard the old, old, men say 'all that's beautiful drifts away, like the waters.'


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


We are happy when for everything inside us there is a corresponding something outside us.


Too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart. O when may it suffice?


The worst thing about some men is that when they are not drunk they are sober.


Joy is of the will which labours, which overcomes obstacles, which knows triumph.


I wonder anybody does anything at Oxford but dream and remember, the place is so beautiful. One almost expects the people to sing instead of speaking. It is all like an opera.


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


When you are old and gray and full of sleep, and nodding by the fire, take down this book and slowly read, and dream of the soft look your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep.


The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.


Choose your companions from the best; Who draws a bucket with the rest soon topples down the hill.


Take, if you must, this little bag of dreams, Unloose the cord, and they will wrap you round.


How can we know the dancer from the dance?


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


Those that I fight I do not hate, those that I guard I do not love.


Talent perceives differences; genius, unity.


Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.


Come away, O human child: To the waters and the wild with a fairy, hand in hand, For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.


Life is a long preparation for something that never happens.


There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met.



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