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Education is not the filling of the pail, but, the lighting of the fire. William Butler Yeats
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But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams. William Butler Yeats
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Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people. William Butler Yeats
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When you are old and gray and full of sleep, and nodding by the fire, take down this book and slowly read, and dream of the soft look your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep. William Butler Yeats
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Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing. William Butler Yeats
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And say my glory was I had such friends. William Butler Yeats
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The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity. William Butler Yeats
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Life is a long preparation for something that never happens. William Butler Yeats
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The worst thing about some men is that when they are not drunk they are sober. William Butler Yeats
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There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met. William Butler Yeats
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I have believed the best of every man. And find that to believe is enough to make a bad man show him at his best, or even a good man swings his lantern higher. William Butler Yeats
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In dreams begin responsibility. William Butler Yeats
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Too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart. O. When may it suffice? William Butler Yeats
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Those that I fight I do not hate, those that I guard I do not love. William Butler Yeats
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A pity beyond all telling is hid in the heart of love. William Butler Yeats
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I hate journalists. There is nothing in them but tittering jeering emptiness. They have all made what Dante calls the Great Refusal. The shallowest people on the ridge of the earth. William Butler Yeats
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Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, the blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned. William Butler Yeats
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We are happy when for everything inside us there is a corresponding something outside us. William Butler Yeats
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An aged man is but a paltry thing, a tattered coat upon a stick William Butler Yeats
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Mysticism has been in the past and probably ever will be one of the great powers of the world and it is bad scholarship to pretend the contrary. You may argue against it but you should no more treat it with disrespect than a perfectly cultivated writer would treat (say) the Catholic Church or the Church of Luther no matter how much he disliked them. William Butler Yeats
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A line will take us hours maybe; Yet if it does not seem a moment's thought, our stitching and unstinting has been naught. William Butler Yeats
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I carry from my mother's womb a fanatic's heart. William Butler Yeats
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"Education is not the filling of a pail, but rather the lighting of a fire." William Butler Yeats
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Designs in connection with postage stamps and coinage may be described, I think, as the silent ambassadors on national taste. William Butler Yeats
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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. William Butler Yeats