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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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    Excessive sorrow laughs. Excessive joy weeps.

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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 More
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    Expect poison from standing water.

    Idleness More
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    Energy is eternal delight.

    Health More
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    For everything that lives is holy, life delights in life.

    Life and Living More
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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.

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    Eternity is in love with the productions of time.

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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.

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

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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 More
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    Exuberance is beauty.

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

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

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

    Birds More
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    The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.

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

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

    Opinions More
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    The road to excess leads to the palace of wisdom.

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    The weak in courage is strong in cunning.

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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.

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    Nothing can be more contemptible than to suppose Public Records to be true.

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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.

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    Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.

    Rules More
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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 More
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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.

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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.

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    He who desires but does not act, breeds pestilence.

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    Embraces are cominglings from the head even to the feet, and not a pompous high priest entering by a secret place.

    Sex More
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    Christianity is art and not money. Money is its curse.

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    As a man is, so he sees. As the eye is formed, such are its powers.

    Vision More
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    The hours of folly are measured by the clock, but of wisdom no clock can measure.

    Time and Time Management More
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    The truth told with bad intent Beats all the lies you can invent

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

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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 More
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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 More
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    A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.

    Fools and Foolishness More
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    The strongest poison ever known came from Caesar's laurel crown.

    Fame More
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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 More
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    The generations of men run on in the tide of time, but leave their destined lineaments permanent for ever and ever.

    Generations More
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    It is not because angels are holier than men or devils that makes them angels, but because they do not expect holiness from one another, but from God only.

    Angels More
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    What seems to be, is, to those to whom it seems to be, and is productive of the most dreadful consequences to those to whom it seems to be, even of torments, despair, eternal death.

    Illusion More
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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.

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

    Luck More
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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 More
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    Then my verse I dishonor, my pictures despise, my person degrade and my temper chastise; and the pen is my terror, the pencil my shame; and my talents I bury, and dead is my fame.

    Despair More
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    What is a wife and what is a harlot? What is a church and what is a theatre? are they two and not one? Can they exist separate? Are not religion and politics the same thing? Brotherhood is religion. O demonstrations of reason dividing families in cruelty and pride!

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    When a sinister person means to be your enemy, they always start by trying to become your friend.

    Enemies More
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