William Blake Quotes


To generalize is to be an idiot.
What is now proved was once only imagined.
It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
He whose face gives no light shall never become a star.
No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.
He who desires but acts not, breeds pestilence.
If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite.
To see the 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.
Exuberance is beauty.
The weak in courage is strong in cunning.
A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.
To me this world is all one continued vision of fancy or imagination, and I feel flattered when I am told so. What is it sets Homer, Virgil and Milton in so high a rank of art? Why is the Bible more entertaining and instructive than any other book? Is it not because they are addressed to the imagination, which is spiritual sensation, and but immediately to the understanding or reason?
He who binds to himself a joy doth the winged life destroy. But he who kisses the joy as it flies lives in Eternity's sunrise.
Love seeketh not itself to please, nor for itself hath any care, but for another gives its ease, and builds a Heaven in Hell's despair.
When I tell the truth, it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it, but for the sake of defending those that do.
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