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Best William Blake Quotes

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A list of the best William Blake quotes. This list is arranged by which famous William Blake quotes have received the most votes, so only the greatest William Blake quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from William Blake should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more at the end of the list. This list includes notable William Blake quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

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    For everything that lives is holy, life delights in life. Life and Living

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    If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thru chinks of his cavern. Perception

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    I must create a system or be enslaved by another man s; I will not reason and compare: my business is to create. Creativity

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    Excessive sorrow laughs. Excessive joy weeps. Sorrow

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    Energy is eternal delight. Health

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    To see the world in a grain of sand, and to see heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour. Eternity

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    For everything exists and not one sigh nor smile nor tear, one hair nor particle of dust, not one can pass away. Truth

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    Always be ready to speak your mind, and a base man will avoid you. Candor

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    Prisons are built with stones of Law. Brothels with the bricks of religion. Punishment

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    The truth told with bad intent Beats all the lies you can invent Truth

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    The weak in courage is strong in cunning. Cunning

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    The road to excess leads to the palace of wisdom. Excess

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    No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings. Possibilities

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    Expect poison from standing water. Idleness

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    The fool who persists in his folly will become wise. Wisdom

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    The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind. Opinions

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    The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness. Christians and Christianity

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    Exuberance is beauty. Beauty

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    The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction. Wisdom

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    He who desires but does not act, breeds pestilence. Desire

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    When the sun rises, do you not see a round disc of fire somewhat like a guinea? O no, no, I see an innumerable company of the heavenly host crying Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty. Vision

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    Eternity is in love with the productions of time. Eternity

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    A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees. Fools and Foolishness

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    The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity... and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself. Nature

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    Great things are done when men and mountains meet. This is not done by jostling in the street. Challenges

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    When I tell any truth it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it, but for the sake of defending those who do. Truth

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    A truth that's told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent. Truth

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    The Goddess Fortune is the devil's servant, ready to kiss any one's ass. Luck

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    He who binds to himself a joy doth the winged life destroy. But he who kisses the joy as it flies lives in Eternity's sunrise. Joy

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    My mother groaned, my father wept, into the dangerous world I leapt; helpless, naked, piping loud, like a fiend hid in a cloud. Birth

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    He whose face gives no light, shall never become a star. Stardom

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    I was angry with my friend: I told my wrath, my wrath did end. I was angry with my foe: I told it not, my wrath did grow. Resentment

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    Energy is an eternal delight, and he who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence. Energy

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    The strongest poison ever known came from Caesar's laurel crown. Fame

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    Commerce is so far from being beneficial to arts, or to empire, that it is destructive of both, as all their history shows, for the above reason of individual merit being its great hatred. Empires flourish till they become commercial, and then they are scattered abroad to the four winds. Business

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    The hours of folly are measured by the clock, but of wisdom no clock can measure. Time and Time Management

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    To generalize is to be an idiot. To particularize is the alone distinction of merit. General knowledge are those knowledge that idiots possess. Generalizations

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    What is now proved was only once imagined. Imagination

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    When thou seest an eagle, thou seest a portion of genius; lift up thy head! Birds

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    For Mercy has a human heartPity, a human face:And Love, the human form divine,And Peace, the human dress. Then every man of every clime,That prays in his distress,Prays to the human form divineLove Mercy Pity Peace. Uncategorised

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    Want of money and the distress of a thief can never be alleged as the cause of his thieving, for many honest people endure greater hardships with fortitude. We must therefore seek the cause elsewhere than in want of money, for that is the miser's passion, not the thief s. Crime and Criminals

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    Truth can never be told so as to be understood, and not be believed. Truth

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    Fun I love, but too much fun is of all things the most loathsome. Mirth is better than fun, and happiness is better than mirth. Fun

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    Love seeketh not itself to please, nor for itself hath any care, but for another gives its ease, and builds a Heaven in Hell's despair. Love

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    You smile with pomp and rigor, you talk of benevolence and virtue; I act with benevolence and virtue and get murdered time after time. Piety

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    That the Jews assumed a right exclusively to the benefits of God will be a lasting witness against them and the same will it be against Christians. Judaism and Jews

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    Opposition is true friendship. Opposition

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    Thy friendship oft has made my heart to ache; do be my enemy for friendship's sake. Friends and Friendship

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    Men are admitted into Heaven not because they have curbed and governed their passions or have no passions, but because they have cultivated their understandings. The treasures of Heaven are not negations of passion, but realities of intellect, from which all the passions emanate uncurbed in their eternal glory. The fool shall not enter into Heaven let him be ever so holy. Heaven

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    The foundation of empire is art and science. Remove them or degrade them, and the empire is no more. Empire follows art and not vice versa as Englishmen suppose. Empire

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