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William Butler Yeats

(1865-1939) Irish Poet, Revivalist of Irish Literature

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Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

A good writer should be so simple that he has no faults - only sins.

A line will take us hours maybe; Yet if it does not seem a moment's thought, Our stitching and unstitching has been naught.

A pity beyond all telling, Is hid in the heart of love.

The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.

Think where man's glory most begins and ends, And say my glory was I had such friends.

Too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart.