"Why should we honour those that die upon the field of battle? A man may show as reckless a courage in entering into the abyss of himself."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."William Butler Yeats on Confucius
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew."William Butler Yeats on Abraham Lincoln
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."William Butler Yeats on Mahatma Gandhi
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."William Butler Yeats on Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."William Butler Yeats on Thomas Jefferson
"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."