"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."
"Great minds discuss ideas average minds discuss events small minds discuss people."William Butler Yeats on Eleanor Roosevelt
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."William Butler Yeats on Albert Einstein
"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."William Butler Yeats on William Shakespeare
"One sees great things from the valley only small things from the peak."William Butler Yeats on Gilbert K. Chesterton
"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."William Butler Yeats on Winston Churchill
"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."