William Butler Yeats

Literary Birthday – 13 June – William Butler Yeats

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.


  1. Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
  2. Literature is always personal, always one man’s vision of the world, one man’s experience, and it can only be popular when men are ready to welcome the visions of others.
  3. The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.
  4. People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.
  5. Man can embody truth but he cannot know it.
  6. When you are old and grey 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.
  7. Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.
  8. The creations of a great writer are little more than the moods and passions of his own heart, given surnames and Christian names, and sent to walk the earth.
  9. The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.
  10. In dreams begin responsibilities.

William Butler Yeats was an Irish Poet who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923. He was one of the most significant modern poets. He wrote his greatest works after he was 50. He wrote The Autobiography of William Butler Yeats.

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