"Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy."
"We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English."William Butler Yeats on Winston Churchill
"Love is never defeated, and I could add, the history of Ireland proves it."William Butler Yeats on Pope John Paul II
"If it was raining soup, the Irish would go out with forks."William Butler Yeats on Brendan Behan
"Being Irish is very much a part of who I am. I take it everywhere with me."William Butler Yeats on Colin Farrell
"Geographically, Ireland is a medium-sized rural island that is slowly but steadily being consumed by sheep."William Butler Yeats on Dave Barry
"I am of a healthy long lived race, and our minds improve with age."
"You that would judge me, do not judge alone this book or that, come to this hallowed place where my friends' portraits hang and look thereon Ireland's history in their lineaments trace think where man's glory most begins and ends and say my glory was I had such friends."
"The light of lights looks always on the motive, not the deed, the shadow of shadows on the deed alone."
"One should not lose one's temper unless one is certain of getting more and more angry to the end."
"The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity."