William Blake Quotes

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For everything exists and not one sigh nor smile nor tear, one hair nor particle of dust, not one can pass away. ~William Blake - Truth
To create a little flower is the labor of ages. ~William Blake - Flowers
Expect poison from standing water. ~William Blake - Idleness
A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees. ~William Blake - Fools and Foolishness
What is a wife and what is a harlot? What is a church and what is a theatre? are they two and not one? Can they exist separate? Are not religion and politics the same thing? Brotherhood is religion. O demonstrations of reason dividing families in cruelty and pride! ~William Blake - Institutions
A truth that's told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent. ~William Blake - Truth
Embraces are cominglings from the head even to the feet, and not a pompous high priest entering by a secret place. ~William Blake - Sex
Thy friendship oft has made my heart to ache; do be my enemy for friendship's sake. ~William Blake - Friends and Friendship
The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness. ~William Blake - Christians and Christianity
Energy is eternal delight. ~William Blake - Health
Commerce is so far from being beneficial to arts, or to empire, that it is destructive of both, as all their history shows, for the above reason of individual merit being its great hatred. Empires flourish till they become commercial, and then they are scattered abroad to the four winds. ~William Blake - Business
Prudence is a rich, ugly, old maid courted by incapacity. ~William Blake - Prudence
One thought fills immensity. ~William Blake - Thoughts and Thinking
To generalize is to be an idiot. To particularize is the alone distinction of merit. General knowledge are those knowledge that idiots possess. ~William Blake - Generalizations
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 - Judaism and Jews
Prisons are built with stones of Law. Brothels with the bricks of religion. ~William Blake - Punishment
The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity... and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself. ~William Blake - Nature
The road to excess leads to the palace of wisdom. ~William Blake - Excess
''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 - Babies
When I tell any truth it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it, but for the sake of defending those who do. ~William Blake - Truth
Energy is an eternal delight, and he who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence. ~William Blake - Energy
Christianity is art and not money. Money is its curse. ~William Blake - Christians and Christianity
Want of money and the distress of a thief can never be alleged as the cause of his thieving, for many honest people endure greater hardships with fortitude. We must therefore seek the cause elsewhere than in want of money, for that is the miser's passion, not the thief s. ~William Blake - Crime and Criminals
The weak in courage is strong in cunning. ~William Blake - Cunning
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. ~William Blake - Joy
The inquiry in England is not whether a man has talents and genius, but whether he is passive and polite and a virtuous ass and obedient to noblemen's opinions in art and science. If he is, he is a good man. If not, he must be starved. ~William Blake - Respectability
No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings. ~William Blake - Possibilities
Opposition is true friendship. ~William Blake - Opposition
What is grand is necessarily obscure to weak men. That which can be made explicit to the idiot is not worth my care. ~William Blake - Obscurity
The hours of folly are measured by the clock, but of wisdom no clock can measure. ~William Blake - Time and Time Management
Some say that happiness is not good for mortals, and they ought to be answered that sorrow is not fit for immortals and is utterly useless to any one; a blight never does good to a tree, and if a blight kill not a tree but it still bear fruit, let none say that the fruit was in consequence of the blight. ~William Blake - Sorrow
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. ~William Blake - Wisdom
He who desires but does not act, breeds pestilence. ~William Blake - Desire
The Goddess Fortune is the devil's servant, ready to kiss any one's ass. ~William Blake - Luck
If the Sun and Moon should ever doubt, they'd immediately go out. ~William Blake - Doubt
Great things are done when men and mountains meet. This is not done by jostling in the street. ~William Blake - Challenges
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 - Sympathy
Eternity is in love with the productions of time. ~William Blake - Eternity
Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night. ~William Blake - Rules
The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction. ~William Blake - Wisdom
If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thru chinks of his cavern. ~William Blake - Perception
The fool who persists in his folly will become wise. ~William Blake - Wisdom
The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind. ~William Blake - Opinions
Without contraries is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence. ~William Blake - Opposites
Nothing can be more contemptible than to suppose Public Records to be true. ~William Blake - Bureaucracy
I must create a system or be enslaved by another man s; I will not reason and compare: my business is to create. ~William Blake - Creativity
Joys impregnate. Sorrows bring forth. ~William Blake - Sorrow
What is now proved was only once imagined. ~William Blake - Imagination
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 - Fun
When a sinister person means to be your enemy, they always start by trying to become your friend. ~William Blake - Enemies
Nature in darkness groans and men are bound to sullen contemplation in the night: restless they turn on beds of sorrow; in their inmost brain feeling the crushing wheels, they rise, they write the bitter words of stern philosophy and knead the bread of knowledge with tears and groans. ~William Blake - Oppression
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 - Love
To the eyes of a miser a guinea is more beautiful than the sun, and a bag worn with the use of money has more beautiful proportions than a vine filled with grapes. ~William Blake - Misers and Misery
All futurity seems teeming with endless destruction never to be repelled; Desperate remorse swallows the present in a quenchless rage. ~William Blake - Future
You smile with pomp and rigor, you talk of benevolence and virtue; I act with benevolence and virtue and get murdered time after time. ~William Blake - Piety
The generations of men run on in the tide of time, but leave their destined lineaments permanent for ever and ever. ~William Blake - Generations
Every harlot was a virgin once. ~William Blake - Innocence
My mother groaned, my father wept, into the dangerous world I leapt; helpless, naked, piping loud, like a fiend hid in a cloud. ~William Blake - Birth
He whose face gives no light, shall never become a star. ~William Blake - Stardom
When thou seest an eagle, thou seest a portion of genius; lift up thy head! ~William Blake - Birds
You cannot have Liberty in this world without what you call Moral Virtue, and you cannot have Moral Virtue without the slavery of that half of the human race who hate what you call Moral Virtue. ~William Blake - Liberty
What seems to be, is, to those to whom it seems to be, and is productive of the most dreadful consequences to those to whom it seems to be, even of torments, despair, eternal death. ~William Blake - Illusion
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? ~William Blake - Imagination
I see every thing I paint in this world, but everybody does not see alike. To the eyes of a miser a guinea is more beautiful than the sun, and a bag worn with the use of money has more beautiful proportions than a vine filled with grapes. ~William Blake - Perspective
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 - Altruism
To see the world in a grain of sand, and to see heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hands, and eternity in an hour. ~William Blake - Eternity
Exuberance is beauty. ~William Blake - Beauty
I am really sorry to see my countrymen trouble themselves about politics. If men were wise, the most arbitrary princes could not hurt them. If they are not wise, the freest government is compelled to be a tyranny. Princes appear to me to be fools. Houses of Commons and Houses of Lords appear to me to be fools; they seem to me to be something else besides human life. ~William Blake - Politicians and Politics
The strongest poison ever known came from Caesar's laurel crown. ~William Blake - Fame
The foundation of empire is art and science. Remove them or degrade them, and the empire is no more. Empire follows art and not vice versa as Englishmen suppose. ~William Blake - Empire
For everything that lives is holy, life delights in life. ~William Blake - Life and Living
Always be ready to speak your mind, and a base man will avoid you. ~William Blake - Candor
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 its hungry gorge. ~William Blake - Humankind
As a man is, so he sees. As the eye is formed, such are its powers. ~William Blake - Vision
Men are admitted into Heaven not because they have curbed and governed their passions or have no passions, but because they have cultivated their understandings. The treasures of Heaven are not negations of passion, but realities of intellect, from which all the passions emanate uncurbed in their eternal glory. The fool shall not enter into Heaven let him be ever so holy. ~William Blake - Heaven
Thinking as I do that the Creator of this world is a very cruel being, and being a worshipper of Christ, I cannot help saying: ''the Son, O how unlike the Father!'' First God Almighty comes with a thump on the head. Then Jesus Christ comes with a balm to heal it. ~William Blake - Jesus Christ
Then my verse I dishonor, my pictures despise, my person degrade and my temper chastise; and the pen is my terror, the pencil my shame; and my talents I bury, and dead is my fame. ~William Blake - Despair
Excessive sorrow laughs. Excessive joy weeps. ~William Blake - Sorrow
''When the sun rises, do you not see a round disc of fire somewhat like a guinea?'' O no, no, I see an innumerable company of the heavenly host crying ''Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty.'' ~William Blake - Vision
Truth can never be told so as to be understood, and not be believed. ~William Blake - Truth
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 - Babies
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 - Resentment
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 - Angels
The truth told with bad intent Beats all the lies you can invent ~William Blake - Truth
Art can never exist without naked beauty displayed. ~William Blake - Nudity
Both read the Bible day and night, but thou read black where I read white. ~William Blake - Bible

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