"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."
"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out."William Butler Yeats on John Wooden
"Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny."William Butler Yeats on Thomas Jefferson
"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing."William Butler Yeats on Theodore Roosevelt
"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight and never stop fighting."William Butler Yeats on e. e. cummings
"In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher."William Butler Yeats on Dalai Lama
"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."