Quotations From WILLIAM BLAKE


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  • Little Lamb,
    Here I am;
    Come and lick
    My white neck;
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. From SONGS OF INNOCENCE. Spring (l. 19-22). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
  • The generations of men run on in the tide of time,
    But leave their destined lineaments permanent for ever & ever.
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. repr. In Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957). Milton, plate 22.

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  • I see every thing I paint in this world, but everybody does not see alike. 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. The Letters of William Blake (1956).

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  • Want of money and the distress of a thief can never be alleged as the cause of his thieving, for many honest people endure greater hardships with fortitude. We must therefore seek the cause elsewhere than in want of money, for that is the miser's passion, not the thief's.
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. letter, Aug. 23, 1799. The Letters of William Blake (1956).

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  • The Questioner, who sits so sly,
    Shall never know how to Reply.
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. Auguries of Innocence (l. 93-94). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.
  • Sound the Flute!
    Now it's mute.
    Birds delight
    Day and Night;
    William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, mystic. From SONGS OF INNOCENCE. Spring (l. 1-4). . . The Complete Poems [William Blake]. Alicia Ostriker, ed. (1977) Penguin Books.

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  • 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).
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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