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Quotes

The following are some quotes from William Blake that we found interesting. They show his belief in the spiritual, as well as a sense of gloom. They tend to sound a little condescending.


If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he see all things through narrow chinks of his cavern. How do you know but every bird that cuts the airy way,
Is an immense world of delight, closed by your senses five?

To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wildflower.
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an Hour.

The weak in courage are strong in cunning.

Cruelty has a Human Heart, And jealousy a Human Face; Terror the Human Form Divine, And secrecy the Human Dress. The Human Dress is forged Iron, The Human Form a Fiery Forge, The Human Face a Furnace seal'd, The Human Heart is hungry gorge.

He who binds to himself a joy doth the winged life destroy. But he who kisses the joy as it flies lives in Eternity.

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.

You smile with pomp and rigor, you talk of benevolence and virtue; I act with benevolence and virtue and get murdered time after time.

What is the price of experience? Do men buy it for a song? Or wisdom for a dance in the street? No, it is bought with the price of all the man hath, his house, his wife, his children.

As a man is, so he sees.

No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings.

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