If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.

— William Blake

The most pioneering William Blake quotes that will activate your inner potential

He who kisses joy as it flies by will live in eternity's sunrise.

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The person who does not believe in miracles surely makes it certain that he or she will never take part in one.

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Make your own rules or be a slave to another man's.

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William Blake quote Excess of sorrow laughs, excess of joy w

Excess of sorrow laughs, excess of joy weeps.

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And we are put on earth a little space, That we may learn to bear the beams of love.

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Enlightenment means taking full responsibility for your life.

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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.

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William Blake quote What is now proved was once only imagine

What is now proved was once only imagined.

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A good local pub has much in common with a church, except that a pub is warmer, and there's more conversation.

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I must create a system or be enslaved by another mans;

I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.

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The pride of the peacock is the glory of God.

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William Blake quote I must create a system, or be enslaved b

I must create a system, or be enslaved by another mans; I will not reason

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Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.

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The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.

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It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.

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William Blake quote Travelers repose and dream among my leav

Travelers repose and dream among my leaves

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About William Blake

Quotes 469 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Poet
Birthday November 28, 1757

To see a world in a grain of sand and a heaven in a wildflower.

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Every harlot was a virgin once.

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What is now proved was once only imagined.

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A truth that's told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent.

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Tyger! Tyger! burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

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You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough.

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He who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence.

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A robin redbreast in a cage Puts all heaven in a rage.

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The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.

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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.

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

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As a man is, so he sees.

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Does the Eagle know what is in the pit Or wilt thou go ask the Mole? Can Wisdom be put in a silver rod, Or Love in a golden bowl?

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The imagination is not a state: it is the human existence itself.

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To the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.

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Some are born to sweet delight, Some are born to endless night.

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The most sublime act is to set another before you.

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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.

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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.

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And did those feet in ancient time Walk upon England's mountains green? And was the holy Lamb of God On England's pleasant pastures seen?

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I am in you and you in me, mutual in divine love.

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The pride of the peacock is the glory of God.

The lust of the goat is the bounty of God. The wrath of the lion is the wisdom of God. The nakedness of woman is the work of God.

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Love to faults is always blind, always is to joy inclined.

Lawless, winged, and unconfined, and breaks all chains from every mind.

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Both read the Bible day and night, but thou read black where I read white.

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The crow wished everything was black, the Owl, that everything was white.

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The roaring of lions, the howling of wolves, the raging of the stormy sea, and the destructive sword, are portions of eternity, too great for the eye of man.

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The nakedness of woman is the work of God.

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The Bat that flits at close of Eve Has left the Brain that won't believe.

The Owl that calls upon the Night Speaks the Unbeliever's fright.

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More! More! is the cry of a mistaken soul.

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When a sinister person means to be your enemy, they always start by trying to become your friend.

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What is grand is necessarily obscure to weak men.

That which can be made explicit to the idiot is not worth my care.

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The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.

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Active Evil is better than Passive Good.

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Always be ready to speak your mind, and a base man will avoid you.

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My mother groaned, my father wept, into the dangerous world I leapt.

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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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For everything that lives is holy, life delights in life.

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