"We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."William Butler Yeats on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."William Butler Yeats on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."William Butler Yeats on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."William Butler Yeats on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."William Butler Yeats on Robert Frost
"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."