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Take, if you must, this little bag of dreams, Unloose the cord, and they will wrap you round.
Why should we honour those that die upon the field of battle? A man may show as reckless a courage in entering into the abyss of himself.
No man has ever lived that had enough of children's gratitude or woman's love.
Designs in connection with postage stamps and coinage may be described, I think, as the silent ambassadors on national taste.
A statesman is an easy man He tells his lies by rote A journalist makes up his lies And takes you by the throat So stay at home and drink your beer And let the neighbours vote.
If suffering brings wisdom, I would wish to be less wise.
The worst thing about some men is that when they are not drunk they are sober.
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
Joy is the will which labours which overcomes obstacles which knows triumph.
Be secret and exult Because of all things known That is most difficult.
To be born woman is to know - although they do not speak of it at school - women must labor to be beautiful.
We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry.
I think it better that in times like these a poet's mouth be silent, for in truth we have no gift to set a statesman right.
She bid me take love easy as the leaves grow on the tree But I being young and foolish with her would not agree.
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.
Joy is the will which labors which overcomes obstacles which knows triumph.
It is unseasonable and unwholesome in all months that have not an R in their names to eat an oyster.
Style personality - deliberately adopted and therefore a mask - is the only escape from the hot-faced bargainers and money-changers.
The only business of the head in the world is to bow a ceaseless obeisance to the heart.
Only that which does not teach which does not cry out which does not condescend which does not explain is irresistible.
The light of lights looks always on the motive, not the deed, the shadow of shadows on the deed alone.
Too long a sacrifice Can make a stone of the heart.
Man can embody truth but he cannot know it.
Wine comes in at the mouth and love comes in at the eye that's all we shall know for truth before we grow old and die.
Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.
How far away the stars seem, and how far is our first kiss, and ah, how old my heart.
Wine comes in at the mouth And love comes in at the eye That's all we shall know for truth Before we grow old and die.
Come away, O human child: To the waters and the wild with a fairy, hand in hand, For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.
There are no strangers here Only friends you haven't yet met.
Of our conflicts with others we make rhetoric of our conflicts with ourselves we make poetry.
The intellect of man is forced to choose Perfection of the life or of the work.
Florence Farr once said to me "If we could say to ourselves with sincerity 'this passing moment is as good as any I shall ever know ' we could die upon the instant and be united with God."
I have believed the best of every man. And find that to believe is enough to make a bad man show him at his best, or even a good man swings his lantern higher.
Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot but make it hot by striking.
The creations of a great writer are little more than the moods and passions of his own heart, given surnames and Christian names, and sent to walk the earth.
Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.
In dreams begins responsibility.
I heard the old, old, men say 'all that's beautiful drifts away, like the waters.'
The innocent and the beautiful have no enemy but time.
I think you can leave the arts, superior or inferior, to the conscience of mankind.
All empty souls tend to extreme opinion.
Think where man's glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends.
The best lack all conviction while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.
One should not lose one's temper unless one is certain of getting more and more angry to the end.