Quotations by William Blake

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Born: Monday, November 28, 1757
Died: Sunday, August 12, 1827 (69 years old)
Profession: Poet
Nationality: English


A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Fool, Man)

A truth that's told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Truth, Lies)

Active Evil is better than Passive Good.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Evil)

Always be ready to speak your mind, and a base man will avoid you.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Man, Mind, Will)

Art can never exist without naked beauty displayed.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Art, Beauty)

Art is the tree of life. Science is the tree of death.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Art, Death, Science, Life)

As a man is, so he sees. As the eye is formed, such are its powers.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Eye, Man)

Better murder an infant in its cradle than nurse an unacted desire.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Desire, Murder)

Both read the Bible day and night, but thou read black where I read white.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Bible, Day, Night)

Can I see another's woe, and not be in sorrow too? Can I see another's grief, and not seek for kind relief?
- William Blake
(Keywords: Grief, Sorrow)

Christ's crucifix shall be made an excuse for executing criminals.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Christ)

Do what you will, this world's a fiction and is made up of contradiction.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Contradiction, Fiction, Will, World)

Energy is an eternal delight, and he who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Delight, Energy)

Eternity is in love with the productions of time.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Love, Time, Eternity)

Every harlot was a virgin once.
- William Blake

Excessive sorrow laughs. Excessive joy weeps.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Joy, Sorrow)

Exuberance is beauty.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Beauty)

For everything that lives is holy, life delights in life.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Life)

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.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Happiness, Love, Fun, Mirth)

Great things are done when men and mountains meet.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Men, Mountains)

He who binds to himself a joy Does the winged life destroy; But he who kisses the joy as it flies Lives in eternity's sun rise.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Life, Eternity, Flies, Joy, Kisses, Sun)

He who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence.
- William Blake

He who would do good to another must do it in Minute Particulars: general Good is the plea of the scoundrel, hypocrite, and flatterer, for Art and Science cannot exist but in minutely organized Particulars.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Art, Science)

He whose face gives no light, shall never become a star.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Light)

I am in you and you in me, mutual in divine love.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Love)

I have no name: I am but two days old. What shall I call thee? I happy am, Joy is my name. Sweet joy befall thee!
- William Blake
(Keywords: Joy, Name, Old)

I must create a system or be enslaved by another mans; I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Business, Reason, Will)

I was angry with my friend: I told my wrath, my wrath did end. I was angry with my foe: I told it not, my wrath did grow.
- William Blake
(Keywords: End, Wrath)

If a thing loves, it is infinite.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Infinite)

If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Perception, Infinite, Man)

If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Folly, Fool)

If the Sun and Moon should ever doubt, they'd immediately go out.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Doubt, Moon, Sun)

Imagination is the real and eternal world of which this vegetable universe is but a faint shadow.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Imagination, Shadow, Universe, World)

In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Time, Harvest, Winter)

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Friend, Enemy)

It is not because angels are holier than men or devils that makes them angels, but because they do not expect holiness from one another, but from God only.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Men, God, Angels, Holiness)

Lives in eternity's sun rise.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Eternity, Sun)

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.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Love, Care, Despair, Heaven, Hell)

Man has no Body distinct from his Soul; for that called Body is a portion of Soul discerned by the five Senses, the chief inlets of Soul in this age.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Age, Soul, Body, Man, Senses)

No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.
- William Blake

One thought fills immensity.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Thought)

Opposition is true friendship.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Friendship, Opposition)

Poetry fettered, fetters the human race. Nations are destroyed or flourish in proportion as their poetry, painting, and music are destroyed or flourish.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Music, Poetry, Nations, Painting, Race)

Prisons are built with stones of Law. Brothels with the bricks of religion.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Religion, Law)

Prudence is a rich, ugly, old maid courted by incapacity.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Old, Prudence, Ugly)

That the Jews assumed a right exclusively to the benefits of God will be a lasting witness against them and the same will it be against Christians.
- William Blake
(Keywords: God, Benefits, Right, Will)

The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Friendship, Man)

The difference between a bad artist and a good one is: the bad artist seems to copy a great deal; the good one really does.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Artist, Difference)

The eye altering, alters all.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Eye)

The fool who persists in his folly will become wise.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Folly, Fool, Will)



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