Yeats Quotes



-An aged man is but a paltry thing, a tattered coat upon a stick


-I balanced all, brought all to mind, the years to come seemed waste of breath, 

a waste of breath the years behind, in balance with this life, this death.




-I carry from my mother's womb a fanatic's heart.


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


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




-Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, 

we are happy when we are growing.




-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.



Yeats's self-penned Epitaph

Cast a cold eye
On life, on death,
Horseman, pass by!