William Butler Yeats Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old william butler yeats quotes, william butler yeats sayings, and william butler yeats proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Every conquering temptation represents a new fund of moral energy. Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.     

William Butler Yeats

Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.     

William Butler Yeats

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

William Butler Yeats

Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.     

William Butler Yeats

Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.     

William Butler Yeats

How can we know the dancer from the dance?     

William Butler Yeats

The problem with some people is that when they aren't drunk, they're sober.     

William Butler Yeats

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

William Butler Yeats

The problem with some people is that when they aren't drunk, they're sober.     

William Butler Yeats

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

William Butler Yeats

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

William Butler Yeats

The trees are in their autumn beauty, The woodland paths are dry, Under the October twilight the water Mirrors a still sky.     

William Butler Yeats

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

William Butler Yeats

It is most important that we should keep in this country a certain leisured class. I am of the opinion of the ancient Jewish book which says there is no wisdom without leisure.     

William Butler Yeats

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

William Butler Yeats

No man has ever lived that had enough of children's gratitude or woman's love.     

William Butler Yeats

The innocent and the beautiful have no enemy but time.     

William Butler Yeats

A pity beyond all telling is hid in the heart of love.     

William Butler Yeats

That toil of growing up; The ignominy of boyhood; the distress Of boyhood changing into man; The unfinished man and his pain.     

William Butler Yeats

Nothing but stillness can remain when hearts are full Of their own sweetness, bodies of their loveliness.     

William Butler Yeats

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

William Butler Yeats

Though leaves are many, the root is one.     

William Butler Yeats

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

William Butler Yeats

Everything that's lovely is But a brief, dreamy kind of delight.     

William Butler Yeats

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

William Butler Yeats

Ecstasy is from the contemplation of things vaster than the individual and imperfectly seen perhaps, by all those that still live.     

William Butler Yeats

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.     

William Butler Yeats

Irish poets, learn your trade, sing whatever is well made, scorn the sort now growing up all out of shape from toe to top.     

William Butler Yeats

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, the blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned.     

William Butler Yeats

The fascination of what's difficult has dried the sap out of my veins, and rent spontaneous joy and natural content out of my heart.     

William Butler Yeats