Quotations From WILLIAM BLAKE

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  • 1.
    A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, plate 7, "Proverbs of Hell," (c. 1793), repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957).

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  • 2.
    Without contraries is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence.
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, plate 3, "The Argument," (c. 1793), repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957).

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  • 3.
    He who desires but acts not, breeds pestilence.
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, plate 7, "Proverbs of Hell," (c. 1793), repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957).
  • 4.
    It appears to me that men are hired to run down men of genius under the mask of translators, but Dante gives too much of Caesar: he is not a republican.
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. "Annotations to Boyd's Dante," (written c. 1800), published in Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (c. 1957).
  • 5.
    Always be ready to speak your mind, and a base man will avoid you.
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957). The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, "Proverbs of Hell," plate 8 (1790-1793).
  • 6.
    Every harlot was a virgin once.
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. The Gates of Paradise, epilogue, l. 3 (c. 1818), repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957).
  • 7.
    The hours of folly are measured by the clock, but of wisdom no clock can measure.
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. "Proverbs of Hell," plate 7, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (1790).
  • 8.
    When I tell any truth it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it, but for the sake of defending those who do.
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. Published in Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957). "Public Address," (written c. 1810).

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  • 9.
    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 (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. letter, Aug. 23, 1799. Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957).

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  • 10.
    One thought fills immensity.
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, plate 8, "Proverbs of Hell," (c. 1793), repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957).
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