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Thursday, October 11, 2007

TT #60: Yeats quotes

TT60

Thirteen quotes by William Butler Yeats

Last week I gave you 13 quotes by Tolkien. This week another 13 quotes, also from one of my favourite authors: W.B. Yeats, Irish prose writer, dramatist and poet. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923.

W.B. Yeats

1865-1939

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

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

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

  • "Have not all races had their first unity from a mythology that marries them to rock and hill?"

  • "If suffering brings wisdom, I would wish to be less wise."

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

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

  • "Life is a long preparation for something that never happens."

  • "Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy."

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

  • "All empty souls tend toward extreme opinions."

  • "The creations of a great writer are little more than the moods and passions of his own heart, given surnames and Christian names, and sent to walk the earth."

  • "The innocent and the beautiful have no enemy but time."

BONUS:
In this video Loreena McKennit sings Yeats' beautiful poem
"The Stolen Child" (with the words as subtitles).

sources: ThinkExist, The Quotations Page


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69 comments:

  1. Life sure is a preparation for nothing.... but it's still fun to go through -- just in case ;)

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

    I think this one is my favorite. Great TT!

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  3. Friends we haven't met... I like that one.

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  4. These are all awesome, awesome quotes.

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  5. Your posts are always so educational!

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  6. Thank you for that list. I have heard the one about strangers and friends many times, but I never knew it was Yeats.

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  7. Beautiful selection of quotes. Happy TT and thanks for stopping by.

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  8. I have to admit that I don't know much about Yeats. However, I did like these quotes. Esp. "There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met".

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  9. I didn't know some of those were by Yeats. Cool.

    Happy TT, Tink!!

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  10. Nice! I put up quotes from Sophia Loren for my 13. Happy Thursday, everyone!

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

    We use this one as a motto of our homeschool :)

    This is a nice T-13! I played this week, too.

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  12. Wow, what great quotes...I agree about the one about suffering;) Happy TT.

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  13. No. 3 speaks to me. Yeats and his sense of place. Only an outsider can be so passionate about it! Great post. Thanks.

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  14. Great quotes. I did a quote one too this week.

    Happy TT.

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  15. I love the one about treading on dreams. Lovely! Happy TT!

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  16. I love #11...don't we all know someone like that?

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  17. "There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met." I like this one...Great list!

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  18. Thanks for a great list--I love Yeats. One of my favorites of his is "the Stolen Child."

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  19. I have loved WBY for many years. Despite my sarcasm about my job as a middle school disciplinarian, I truly believe his quote about education.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  20. Great quotes! I'll have to print these and send them to certain people I know and need to be enlighten. Heh! Happy T13!

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  21. "Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy." -->I'm sending this one to an Irish friend of mine; he'll love it!

    I'll have to go back and see the Tolkien quotes now, too :)

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  22. Beautiful quotes. It's hard to pick one over another. They're all outstanding in their own way.

    Happy TT. I'm up, only my quotes are from Sci Fi movies. ;-)

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  23. Every quote is very true except that I can't "Think like a wise man " because I am thinking like a wise woman, lol !

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  24. I love the first quote. It would be meaningless to talk smart and no one can understand you. Great TT!

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  25. Thank you for sharing those qoutes they were all great happy TT

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  26. Wonderful quotes from one of my favorite poets...

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  27. Love these quotes! I bought a poetry book by Yeats some time ago but haven't got round to read it. Maybe I will now :)

    Happy TT!

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  28. "If suffering brings wisdom, I would wish to be less wise."
    I feel like this today.

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  29. Do you know, Tink, I'm quite familiar with a few of these, but I had no idea Yeats was behind them all. What a wonderful TT!
    Thanks for visiting mine, btw.

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

    So very, very true.

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  31. Great quotes. I can't pick a favorite; there are too many good ones.

    My quotes are from Ronald Reagan this week.


    cjh

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  32. And of course... Yeats was a member of the Golden Dawn :-)

    in LVX
    Is*

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  33. "...Tread softly because you tread on my dreams"

    That's one I've always carried with me since first hearing it. I know it was meant differently, but I've always taken it as the fact that wherever I am in life, there's someone less fortunate who can only dream of being there with me. So my complaints and dismissive remarks should be made with care if at all for I dismiss someone else's dreams.

    "There are no strangers, only friends you haven't met yet" was something on the wall at my kindergarten. Likely not the best thing to tell a child so young but back then we didn't know any better about having children trust people they didn't know. *Headshake* The sentiment however is a wonderful one.

    Happy TT

    ~X

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  34. great post! Yeats is awesome.

    my 13 is up on working at home mom.

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  35. Very nice list. My favourite is........
    Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."

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  36. "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."
    My favorite too

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  37. I love this one "There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met." It has always been my favorite! Happy TT! Mine is up.

    http://katskrackerbox.wordpress.com/2007/10/11/thursday-thirteen-10-13-things-i-still-have-from-my-younger-days/

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  38. Great quotes, I've heard some of them before but didn't know they had been attributed to Yeats.

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  39. "If suffering brings wisdom, I would wish to be less wise."

    That just made me laugh cause I SO agree - LOL!

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  40. Thank you for sharing those. One stood out to me and I wrote it down in my journal so I could remember it.
    All Empty Souls Tend Toward Extreme Opinion.
    I wrote 13 Proverbs and their origins this week-swing on by
    Maribeth
    www.marnini.wordpress.com

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  41. #1 is one of the most important things alot of people can learn

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  42. Wow, these are great quotes. Your TT's are always so inciteful.

    http://moondancerdrake.livejournal.com/

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  43. I love the quotes. thanks for sharing them with us :)

    happy thursday!

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  44. Those are beautiful! I like the first two especially well.

    My TT's are up, I did two this week because I apparently don't have enough to do, lol.
    One is on Our Seven Qtpies and one is on The Good Stuff.

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  45. I love these quotes! Happy Thursday Thirteen, and thank you so much for stopping by!

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  46. I like them all, but mostly #2 and #7 (if I counted right). I love the "no strangers" quote!

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  47. These were great -- I really enjoyed reading them...and actually remembered some! I did a TT with quotes too -- but not quite as beautiful as these!!
    Happy TT!

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  48. 7 and 13 I use on occasion myself.
    I have really enjoyed your 13's over the last two weeks. Mine's up - quotes from the movie, "Clue".

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  49. Great Quotes. I particularly like the one about legislating on religious grounds.

    My Thursday Thirteen #51 The old Hollywood Squares Q&A Edition is up. Stop by if you get a chance.

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  50. Those are all awesome! I especially like the one on education!

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  51. "There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met." I've always loved this quote, but didn't realize it was Yeats. They're all great--thanks!

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  52. Great list. I tried to pick a favourite but there are too many to just pick one so I'm picking all of them ;-)

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  53. Hi Tink! Great quotes! Happy TT!

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  54. I love the quote about being poor and having only dreams. Great list!

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  55. i like 'all empty souls tend toward extreme opinions' best.

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  56. Beautiful words...very thought provoking.
    I like the part about not treading on my dreams.

    Good job

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  57. I like the 2nd one.
    Great TT

    Aline

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  59. What awesome quotes ... thanks for sharing.
    Hope you have been well.
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  60. Those are some deep quotations! I like the friends we haven't met one. :)

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  61. Wonderful and thoughtful post. I dedicate the one: "There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven't yet met." to blogsphere and say I'm so happy I have met you!

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  63. The waterboys version of the stolen child, is my favorite. Less dramatical, and more poetic....
    Wonder

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  64. FYI, there's no direct evidence that Yeats actually said or penned the "abiding sense of tragedy" quotation.

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