William Blake Quotes

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The difference between a bad artist and a good one is: the bad artist seems to copy a great deal; the good one really does.
William Blake (Annotations to Reynolds)
Fun I love, but too much fun is of all things the most loathsome. Mirth is better than fun, and happiness is better than mirth.
William Blake
When I tell the truth, it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it, but for the sake of defending those that do.
William Blake
Every tear from every eye
Becomes a babe in eternity.
William Blake (Auguries of Innocence, 1805)
A truth that's told with bad intent
Beats all the lies you can invent.
William Blake (Auguries of Innocence, 1805)
Without contraries there is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate are necessary to human existence.
William Blake (The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, 1790-1793)
To the eyes of a miser a guinea is more beautiful than the sun, and a bag worn with the use of money has more beautiful proportions than a vine filled with grapes.
William Blake (Letter to Revd. Dr. Trusier, 1799)
What is the price of experience? Do men buy it for a song? Or wisdom for a dance in the street? No, it is bought with the price of all the man hath, his house, his wife, his children.
William Blake (Vala, or the Four Zoas)
Imagination, the real and eternal world, of which this vegetable universe is but a faint shadow, and in which we shall live in our eternal or imaginative bodies when these vegetable, mortal bodies are no more.
William Blake (Jerusalem, 1803 - 1820)
The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.
William Blake (Letter to Revd. Dr. Trusier, 1799)
For I dance 
And drink, and sing, 
Till some blind hand 
Shall brush my wing.
William Blake (The Fly)
Can I see another's woe,
And not be in sorrow too?
Can I see another's grief,
And not seek for kind relief?
William Blake (On Another's Sorrow)
Oh He gives to us his joy,
That our grief He may destroy:
Till our grief is fled an gone
He doth sit by us and moan.
William Blake (On Another's Sorrow)
He who doubts from what he sees
Will ne'er believe, do what you please.
If the sun and moon should doubt
They'd immediately go out.
William Blake (Auguries of Innocence, 1805)
The sun descending in the west,
The evening star does shine;
The birds are silent in their nest.
And I must seek for mine.
William Blake (Songs of Innocence - Night, 1790)
The moon like a flower
In heaven's high bower,
With silent delight,
Sits and smiles on the night.
William Blake (Songs of Innocence - Night, 1790)
What is it men in women to require?
The lineaments of gratified desire.
What is it women do in men require?
The lineaments of gratified desire.
William Blake (Gnomic Verses)
I was angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe;
I told it not, my wrath did grow.
William Blake (Songs of Experience - A Poison Tree, 1794)
Abstinence sows sand all over
The ruddy limbs and flaming hair,
But Desire gratified
Plants fruits of life and beauty there.
William Blake (Gnomic Verses)
Love seeketh not itself to please,
Nor for itself hath any care,
But for another gives its ease,
And builds a Heaven in Hell's despair.
William Blake (Songs of Experience, 1794)
He who binds to himself a joy
Does the wingèd life destroy;
But he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity's sunrise.
William Blake (He Who Binds)
To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour.
William Blake (Auguries of Innocence, 1805)
We are led to believe a lie
When we see not thro' the eye,
Which was born in a night to perish in a night,
When the soul slept in beams of light.
William Blake (Auguries of Innocence, 1805)
Children of the future Age
Reading this indignant page,
Know that in a former time
Love! sweet Love! was thought a crime.
William Blake (A Little Girl Lost)
Hear the voice of the Bard,
Who present, past, and future, sees;
Whose ears have heard
The Holy Word
That walk'd among the ancient trees;
William Blake (Hear the Voice)
In the age of gold,
Free from winter's cold,
Youth and maiden bright,
To the holy light,
Naked in the sunny beams delight.
William Blake (A Little Girl Lost)
Once a youthful pair,
Filled with softest care,
Met in garden bright
Where the holy light
Had just removed the curtains of the night.
William Blake (A Little Girl Lost)
Every night and every morn
Some to misery are born,
Every morn and every night
Some are born to sweet delight.
     Some are born to sweet delight,
Some are born to endless night.
William Blake (Auguries of Innocence, 1805)
O Rose, thou art sick!
The invisible worm,
That flies in the night,
In the howling storm,
     Has found out thy bed
Of crimson joy;
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.
William Blake (The Sick Rose)
Cruelty has a human heart,
And Jealousy a human face;
Terror the human form divine,
And secrecy the human dress.
     The human dress is forged iron,
The human form a fiery forge,
The human face a furnace sealed,
The human heart its hungry gorge.
William Blake (A Divine Image)
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William Blake Biography

Born: November 28, 1757
Died: August 12, 1827

William Blake was an English poet and painter. Although he wasn't quite so popular during his days, his works are now greatly esteemed. He has also had an major influence on many notable figures in history.

Notable Works

Poetical Sketches (1783)
An Island in the Moon (1784)
Tiriel (1789)
All Religions are One (1788)
There is No Natural Religion (1788)
Songs of Innocence (1789)
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (1793)
Visions of the Daughters of Albion (1793)

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