William Blake Quotes

William Blake Quotes

William Blake Quotes

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

The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.

You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough.

He who binds to himself a joy Does the winged life destroy; But he who kisses the joy as it flies Lives in eternity’s sun rise.

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.

What is now proved was once only imagined.

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.

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.

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

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.

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

To generalize is to be an idiot.

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

Lives in eternity’s sun rise.

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!

The fool who persists in his folly will become wise.

Active Evil is better than Passive Good.

What is grand is necessarily obscure to weak men. That which can be made explicit to the idiot is not worth my care.

Eternity is in love with the productions of time.

Exuberance is beauty.

You cannot have Liberty in this world without what you call Moral Virtue, and you cannot have Moral Virtue without the slavery of that half of the human race who hate what you call Moral Virtue.

Prisons are built with stones of Law. Brothels with the bricks of religion.

The soul of sweet delight, can never be defiled.

He who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence.

Prudence is a rich, ugly, old maid courted by incapacity.

Man has no Body distinct from his Soul; for that called Body is a portion of Soul discerned by the five Senses, the chief inlets of Soul in this age.

One thought fills immensity.

The difference between a bad artist and a good one is: the bad artist seems to copy a great deal; the good one really does.

The man who never in his mind and thoughts travel’d to heaven is no artist.

The weak in courage is strong in cunning.

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

Poetry fettered, fetters the human race. Nations are destroyed or flourish in proportion as their poetry, painting, and music are destroyed or flourish.

Both read the Bible day and night, but thou read black where I read white.

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

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.

If a thing loves, it is infinite.

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

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.

To the eyes of a miser a guinea is more beautiful than the sun, and a bag worn with the use of money has more beautiful proportions than a vine filled with grapes.

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

Christ’s crucifix shall be made an excuse for executing criminals.

I have no name: I am but two days old. What shall I call thee? I happy am, Joy is my name. Sweet joy befall thee!

What is the price of experience? Do men buy it for a song? Or wisdom for a dance in the street? No, it is bought with the price of all the man hath, his house, his wife, his children.

Every harlot was a virgin once.

If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise.

The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.

If the Sun and Moon should ever doubt, they’d immediately go out.

When the green woods laugh with the voice of joy, And the dimpling stream runs laughing by; When the air does laugh with our merry wit, And the green hill laughs with the noise of it.

He who would do good to another must do it in Minute Particulars: general Good is the plea of the scoundrel, hypocrite, and flatterer, for Art and Science cannot exist but in minutely organized Particulars.

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.

Opposition is true friendship.

Imagination is the real and eternal world of which this vegetable universe is but a faint shadow.

Art is the tree of life. Science is the tree of death.

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

Where mercy, love, and pity dwell, there God is dwelling too.

The eye altering, alters all.

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

When I tell the truth, it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it, but for the sake of defending those that do.

Excessive sorrow laughs. Excessive joy weeps.

Those who restrain their desires, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained.

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

To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower Hold infinity in the palms of your hand and eternity in an hour.

In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.

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

I must create a system or be enslaved by another mans; I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.

Travelers repose and dream among my leaves.

If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.

Do what you will, this world’s a fiction and is made up of contradiction.

The true method of knowledge is experiment.

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

Great things are done when men and mountains meet.

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.

Without contraries is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence.

Can I see another’s woe, and not be in sorrow too? Can I see another’s grief, and not seek for kind relief?

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.

The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.

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