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William Blake

1757-1827 ,  English poet & painter
William BlakeEnglish poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognized during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age.

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I myself do nothing. The Holy Spirit accomplishes all through me.

Every harlot was a virgin once.

The most sublime act is to set another before you.

He whose face gives no light, shall never become a star.

Mysteries are not to be solved. They eye goes blind when it only wants to see why.

Everything to be imagined is an image of truth.

In the universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between, there are doors.

Make your own rules or be a slave to another man's.

Do what you will, this world's a fiction and is made up of contradiction.

Poetry, Painting & Music, the three powers in man of conversing with paradise, which the flood did not sweep away.

When a sinister person means to be your enemy, they always start by trying to become your friend.

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.

You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough.

The weak in courage is strong in cunning.

The nakedness of woman is the work of God.

What is grand is necessarily obscure to weak men. That which can be made explicit to the idiot is not worth my care.

If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise.

Prisons are built with stones of law; brothels with bricks of religion.

Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.

The tygers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

Eternity is in love with the productions of time.

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.

The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.

If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is: infinite.

Without contraries there is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate are necessary to human existence.

The goddess fortune is the devils servant ready to kiss any ones arse.

Active Evil is better than Passive Good.

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.

Art can never exist without Naked Beauty displayed.

The true method of knowledge is experiment.

General Knowledges are those Knowledges that Idiots possess.

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.

Joys impregnate. Sorrows bring forth.

Truth can never be told so as to be understood and not be believed.

First thought is best in Art, second in other matters.

Better to shun the bait than struggle in the snare.

Shame is pride's cloak.

Expect poison from the standing water.

Excessive sorrow laughs. Excessive joy weeps.

A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.

Mercy is the golden chain by which society is bound together.

He who would do good to another must do it in minute particulars.

One Power alone makes a Poet: Imagination. The Divine Vision.

Knowledge is Life with wings

Art is the tree of life. Science is the tree of death.

The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.

He who loves his enemies betrays his friends; this surely is not what Jesus meant.

Quotes in Verse

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

Love seeketh only self to please,
To bind another to its delight,
Joys in another's loss of ease,
And builds a Hell in Heaven's despite.

A truth that's told with bad intent
Beats all the lies you can invent.

Some are born to sweet delight.
Some are born to endless night.

When nations grow old, the Arts grow cold,
And Commerce settles on every tree.

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.

Mercy, pity, and peace,
Are the world's release.

If the Sun and Moon should ever doubt, they'd immediately go out.

More! More! is the cry of a mistaken soul.


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