Quotations The 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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Prisons are built with stones of Law. Brothels with the bricks of religion. William Blake

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

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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. William Blake

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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. William Blake

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The weak in courage is strong in cunning. William Blake

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The road to excess leads to the palace of wisdom. William Blake

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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. William Blake

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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. William Blake

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He who desires but does not act, breeds pestilence. William Blake

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

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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. William Blake

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Excessive sorrow laughs. Excessive joy weeps. William Blake

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For everything that lives is holy, life delights in life. William Blake

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Energy is eternal delight. William Blake

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Expect poison from standing water. William Blake

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

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

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

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Exuberance is beauty. William Blake

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The fool who persists in his folly will become wise. William Blake

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The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness. William Blake

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What is now proved was only once imagined. William Blake

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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. William Blake

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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. William Blake

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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. William Blake

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Eternity is in love with the productions of time. William Blake

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

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

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

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Opposition is true friendship. William Blake

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

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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. William Blake

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

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The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction. William Blake

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

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

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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. William Blake

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

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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. William Blake

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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. William Blake

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Thy friendship oft has made my heart to ache; do be my enemy for friendship's sake. William Blake

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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. William Blake

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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. William Blake

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

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

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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. William Blake

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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. William Blake

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Christianity is art and not money. Money is its curse. William Blake

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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. William Blake

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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. William Blake