Talk:William Butler Yeats

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Is it Yeats who said that "Responsibilities begin in dreams"? (See [1]) Luis Dantas 21:04, 7 November 2006 (UTC)

Though it is commonly attributed to Yeats, he himself credits the line "In dreams begins responsibility" as being from an "Old Play" as one of two epigraphs he uses to his poem "Responsibilities" (1914).

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  • "Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy which sustained him through temporary periods of joy."
— I am researching this now, and the earliest reference I see is unsourced, from a newspaper article from 1993. Danorton (talk) 19:17, 2 July 2013 (UTC)
  • Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
  • I am of a healthy long lived race, and our minds improve with age.
  • Talent perceives differences, Genius unity.
  • Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.
  • You know what the Englishman's idea of compromise is? He says, some people say there is a God. Some people say there is no God. The truth probably lies somewhere between these two statements.
  • The rich are driven by wealth as beggars by the itch. - This is from "The Hour before Dawn" from "Responsibilities", 1914