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Quotes by William Blake

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Wikipedia Summary for William Blake

William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. What he called his prophetic works were said by 20th-century critic Northrop Frye to form "what is in proportion to its merits the least read body of poetry in the English language". His visual artistry led 21st-century critic Jonathan Jones to proclaim him "far and away the greatest artist Britain has ever produced". In 2002, Blake was placed at number 38 in the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons. While he lived in London his entire life, except for three years spent in Felpham, he produced a diverse and symbolically rich œuvre, which embraced the imagination as "the body of God" or "human existence itself".

Although Blake was considered mad by contemporaries for his idiosyncratic views, he is held in high regard by later critics for his expressiveness and creativity, and for the philosophical and mystical undercurrents within his work. His paintings and poetry have been characterised as part of the Romantic movement and as "Pre-Romantic". A committed Christian who was hostile to the Church of England (indeed, to almost all forms of organised religion), Blake was influenced by the ideals and ambitions of the French and American revolutions. Though later he rejected many of these political beliefs, he maintained an amiable relationship with the political activist Thomas Paine; he was also influenced by thinkers such as Emanuel Swedenborg. Despite these known influences, the singularity of Blake's work makes him difficult to classify. The 19th-century scholar William Michael Rossetti characterised him as a "glorious luminary", and "a man not forestalled by predecessors, nor to be classed with contemporaries, nor to be replaced by known or readily surmisable successors".

Quote: In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of round Timex analog clock at 2:33
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In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.


Quote: What is now proved was once only imagined. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of sunset
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What is now proved was once only imagined.


Quote: The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of unknown persons standing outdoors
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The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.


Quote: It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of silhouette of three people up on mountain cliff
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It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.


Quote: Every object that is loved forms the center of a paradise. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of black sailing boat digital wallpaper
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Every object that is loved forms the center of a paradise.


Quote: Enlightenment means taking full responsibility for your life. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of person holding brown leaf
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Enlightenment means taking full responsibility for your life.


Quote: The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of woman in black shirt standing on yellow flower field during daytime
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The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.


Quote: The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of toddler hugging siberian husky
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The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.


Quote: Opposition is true friendship. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of two hands
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Opposition is true friendship.


Quote: I am in you and you in me, mutual in divine love. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of red flower
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I am in you and you in me, mutual in divine love.


Quote: The person who does not believe in miracles surely
makes it certain that he or she will never take part in one. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

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


Quote: How sweet I roamed from field to field, and tasted all the summer's pride. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

How sweet I roamed from field to field, and tasted all the summer's pride.


Quote: The errors of a wise man make your rule rather than the perfections of a fool. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

The errors of a wise man make your rule rather than the perfections of a fool.


Quote: All futurity seems teeming with endless destruction never to be repelled. Desperate remorse swallows the present in a quenchless rage. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

All futurity seems teeming with endless destruction never to be repelled. Desperate remorse swallows the present in a quenchless rage.


Quote: Mechanical excellence is the only vehicle of genius. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Mechanical excellence is the only vehicle of genius.


Quote: Cruelty has a human heart, And Jealousy a human face; Terror the human form divine, And Secrecy the human dress. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Cruelty has a human heart, And Jealousy a human face; Terror the human form divine, And Secrecy the human dress.


Quote: The moon, like a flower In heaven's high bower, With silent delight Sits and smiles on the night. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

The moon, like a flower In heaven's high bower, With silent delight Sits and smiles on the night.


Quote: Twas on a Holy Thursday their innocent faces clean   The children walking two and two in red and blue and green   Grey headed beadles walked before with wands as white as snow   Till into the high dome of Pauls they like Thames waters flow. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Twas on a Holy Thursday their innocent faces clean The children walking two and two in red and blue and green Grey headed beadles walked before with wands as white as snow Till into the high dome of Pauls they like Thames waters flow.


Quote: And throughout all eternity, I forgive you and you forgive me. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

And throughout all eternity, I forgive you and you forgive me.


Quote: The generations of men run on in the tide of time, but leave their destined lineaments permanent for ever and ever. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

The generations of men run on in the tide of time, but leave their destined lineaments permanent for ever and ever.


Quote: Dip him in the river who loves water. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Dip him in the river who loves water.


Quote: 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 alone. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

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 alone.


Quote: 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. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

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.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.

And I water'd it in fears,
Night and morning with my tears;
And I sunnéd it with smiles
And with soft deceitful wiles.

And it grew both day and night,
Till it bore an apple bright;
And my foe beheld it shine,
And he knew that it was mine,

And into my garden stole,
When the night had veil'd the pole:
In the morning glad I see
My foe outstretch'd beneath the tree.


Quote: What is it men in women do require: The lineaments of gratified desire. What is it women do in men require: The lineaments of gratified desire. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

What is it men in women do require: The lineaments of gratified desire. What is it women do in men require: The lineaments of gratified desire.


Quote: Every tear from every eyeBecomes a babe in eternity. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Every tear from every eyeBecomes a babe in eternity.


Quote: Nothing can be more contemptible than to suppose Public Records to be true. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Nothing can be more contemptible than to suppose Public Records to be true.


Quote: She who dwells with me whom I have loved with such communion, that no place on earth can ever be solitude to me. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

She who dwells with me whom I have loved with such communion, that no place on earth can ever be solitude to me.


Quote: If you have form'd a circle to go into,
Go into it yourself, and see how you would do.
They said this mystery never shall cease:
The priest promotes war, and the soldier peace. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

If you have form'd a circle to go into,
Go into it yourself, and see how you would do.
They said this mystery never shall cease:
The priest promotes war, and the soldier peace.


Quote: If the lion was advised by the fox, he would be cunning. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

If the lion was advised by the fox, he would be cunning.


Quote: Re-engrav'd time after time
Ever in their youthful prime
My designs unchang'd remain
Time may rage, but rage in vain
For above Time's troubled fountains
On the great Atlantic Mountains
In my Golden House on high
There they shine eternally. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Re-engrav'd time after time
Ever in their youthful prime
My designs unchang'd remain
Time may rage, but rage in vain
For above Time's troubled fountains
On the great Atlantic Mountains
In my Golden House on high
There they shine eternally.


Quote: All pictures that's painted with sense and with thought   Are painted by madmen as sure as a groat;   For the greater the fool in the pencil more blest,   And when they are drunk they always paint best. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

All pictures that's painted with sense and with thought Are painted by madmen as sure as a groat; For the greater the fool in the pencil more blest, And when they are drunk they always paint best.


Quote: Now hear a plain fact: Swedenborg has not written one new truth. Now hear another: he has written all the old falsehoods. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Now hear a plain fact: Swedenborg has not written one new truth. Now hear another: he has written all the old falsehoods.


Quote: Enthusiastic Admiration is the first Principle of Knowledge and its last. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Enthusiastic Admiration is the first Principle of Knowledge and its last.


Quote: We are here to learn to endure the beams of love. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

We are here to learn to endure the beams of love.


Quote: Like a fiend in a cloud,
With howling woe,
After night I do crowd,
And with night will go;
I turn my back to the east,
From whence comforts have increased;
For light doth seize my brain
With frantic pain. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Like a fiend in a cloud,
With howling woe,
After night I do crowd,
And with night will go;
I turn my back to the east,
From whence comforts have increased;
For light doth seize my brain
With frantic pain.


Quote: The hours of folly are measur'd by the clock, but of wisdom: no clock can measure. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

The hours of folly are measur'd by the clock, but of wisdom: no clock can measure.


Quote: If others had not been foolish, we should be so. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

If others had not been foolish, we should be so.


Quote: Every wolf's and lion's howl
Raises from Hell a human soul. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Every wolf's and lion's howl
Raises from Hell a human soul.


Quote: My work is visionary or imaginative. That which can be made explicit to the idiot is not worth my care. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

My work is visionary or imaginative. That which can be made explicit to the idiot is not worth my care.


Quote: Listen to the fool's reproach! It is a kingly title! by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Listen to the fool's reproach! It is a kingly title!


Quote: Imitation is criticism. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Imitation is criticism.


Quote: Knowledge of ideal beauty is not to be acquired. It is born with us. Innate ideas are in every man, born with him; theyare truly himself. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Knowledge of ideal beauty is not to be acquired. It is born with us. Innate ideas are in every man, born with him; theyare truly himself.


Quote: I'm sure this Jesus will not do Either for Englishman or Jew. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

I'm sure this Jesus will not do Either for Englishman or Jew.


Quote: Invention depends altogether upon execution or organization; as that is right or wrong so is the invention perfect or imperfect. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Invention depends altogether upon execution or organization; as that is right or wrong so is the invention perfect or imperfect.


Quote: Mutual forgiveness of each vice. Such are the Gates of Paradise. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Mutual forgiveness of each vice. Such are the Gates of Paradise.


Quote: The cistern contains: The fountain overflows. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

The cistern contains: The fountain overflows.


Quote: Does a firm persuasion that a thing is so, make it so? by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Does a firm persuasion that a thing is so, make it so?


Quote: To Mercy, Pity, Peace and Love All pray in their distress, And to these virtues of delight Return their thankfulness. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

To Mercy, Pity, Peace and Love All pray in their distress, And to these virtues of delight Return their thankfulness.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

To Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love,
All pray in their distress:
And to these virtues of delight
Return their thankfulness.

For Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love,
Is God, our father dear:
And Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love,
Is Man, his child and care.

For Mercy has a human heart,
Pity, a human face:
And Love, the human form divine,
And Peace, the human dress.

Then every man of every clime,
That prays in his distress,
Prays to the human form divine,
Love, Mercy, Pity, Peace.

And all must love the human form,
In heathen, Turk, or Jew.
Where Mercy, Love, and Pity dwell,
There God is dwelling too.


Quote: Without contraries there is no progression. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Without contraries there is no progression.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Without contraries is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence.


Quote: The ruins of time build mansions in eternity. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

The ruins of time build mansions in eternity.


Quote: In the universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between them, there are doors. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

In the universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between them, there are doors.


Quote: The most sublime act is to set another before you. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

The most sublime act is to set another before you.


Quote: Tools were made and born were hands, Every farmer understands. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Tools were made and born were hands, Every farmer understands.


Quote: Art is the Tree of Life, Science is the Tree of Death. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Art is the Tree of Life, Science is the Tree of Death.


Quote: The child's toys and the old man's reasons are the fruits of two seasons. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

The child's toys and the old man's reasons are the fruits of two seasons.


Quote: A tyrant is the worst disease, and the cause of all others. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

A tyrant is the worst disease, and the cause of all others.


Quote: I have mental joys and mental health, Mental friends and mental wealth, I've a wife that I love and that loves me; I've all but riches bodily. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

I have mental joys and mental health, Mental friends and mental wealth, I've a wife that I love and that loves me; I've all but riches bodily.


Quote: The naked woman's body is a portion of eternity too great for the eye of man. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

The naked woman's body is a portion of eternity too great for the eye of man.


Quote: The cut worm forgives the plow. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

The cut worm forgives the plow.


Quote: Those who restrain desire do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Those who restrain desire do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained.


Quote: Wisdom is sold in a desolate marketplace where none can come to buy. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Wisdom is sold in a desolate marketplace where none can come to buy.


Quote: And I watered it in fears, Night and morning with my tears; And I sunned it with smiles, And with soft deceitful wiles. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

And I watered it in fears, Night and morning with my tears; And I sunned it with smiles, And with soft deceitful wiles.


Quote: And we are put on earth a little space, That we may learn to bear the beams of love. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of William Blake quote: 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.- black text on quotes background

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.


Quote: But to go to school in a summer morn, O! It drives all joy away; Under a cruel eye outworn, The little ones spend the day In sighing and dismay. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

But to go to school in a summer morn, O! It drives all joy away; Under a cruel eye outworn, The little ones spend the day In sighing and dismay.


Quote: Each man is haunted until his humanity awakens. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Each man is haunted until his humanity awakens.


Quote: Mere enthusiasm is the all in all. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Mere enthusiasm is the all in all.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Mere enthusiasm is the all in all... Passion and expression are beauty itself.


Quote: Everything is beautiful in its own way. Exuberance is beauty. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Everything is beautiful in its own way. Exuberance is beauty.


Quote: Forgive what you do not approve and love me for this energetic exertion of my talent. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Forgive what you do not approve and love me for this energetic exertion of my talent.


Quote: How do you know but ev'ry Bird that cuts the airy way, Is an immense world of delight, clos'd by your senses five? by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

How do you know but ev'ry Bird that cuts the airy way, Is an immense world of delight, clos'd by your senses five?


Quote: Death is terrible, tho' borne on angels' wings! by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Death is terrible, tho' borne on angels' wings!


Quote: A robin redbreast in a cage
Puts all heaven in a rage. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

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


Quote: It is the greatest of crimes to depress true art and science. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

It is the greatest of crimes to depress true art and science.


Quote: Make your own rules or be a slave to another man's. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

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


Quote: How have you left the ancient love That bards of old enjoyed in you! The languid strings do scarcely move! The sound is forced, the notes are few! by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

How have you left the ancient love That bards of old enjoyed in you! The languid strings do scarcely move! The sound is forced, the notes are few!


Quote: Where lambs have nibbled, silent moves the feet of angels bright; unseen they pour blessing, and joy without ceasing, on each bud and blossom, and each sleeping bosom. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Where lambs have nibbled, silent moves the feet of angels bright; unseen they pour blessing, and joy without ceasing, on each bud and blossom, and each sleeping bosom.


Quote: Such, such were the joys
When we all, girls and boys,
In our youth time were seen
On the Echoing Green. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Such, such were the joys
When we all, girls and boys,
In our youth time were seen
On the Echoing Green.


Quote: Then the Parson might preach, and drink, and sing, And we'd be as happy as birds in the spring; And modest dame Lurch, who is always at Church, Would not have bandy children, nor fasting, nor birch. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Then the Parson might preach, and drink, and sing, And we'd be as happy as birds in the spring; And modest dame Lurch, who is always at Church, Would not have bandy children, nor fasting, nor birch.


Quote: The vision of Christ that thou dost see Is my vision's greatest enemy. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

The vision of Christ that thou dost see Is my vision's greatest enemy.


Quote: All the destruction in Christian Europe has arisen from deism, which is natural religion. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

All the destruction in Christian Europe has arisen from deism, which is natural religion.


Quote: O why was I born with a different face? Why was I not born like the rest of my race? by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

O why was I born with a different face? Why was I not born like the rest of my race?


Quote: Man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern.


Quote: When the doors of perception are cleansed, men will see things as they truly are, infinite. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

When the doors of perception are cleansed, men will see things as they truly are, infinite.


Quote: It is an easy thing to talk of patience to the afflicted. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

It is an easy thing to talk of patience to the afflicted.


Quote: Poetry fettered, fetters the human race. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Poetry fettered, fetters the human race.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Poetry fettered, fetters the human race. Nations are destroyed or flourish in proportion as their poetry, painting, and music are destroyed or flourish.


Quote: The fox provides for himself, but God provides for the lion. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

The fox provides for himself, but God provides for the lion.


Quote: More! More! is the cry of a mistaken soul. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

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


Quote: Heaven is in a grain of sand. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Heaven is in a grain of sand.


Quote: The lust of the goat is the bounty of God. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

The lust of the goat is the bounty of God.


Quote: The pride of the peacock is the glory of God. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

The pride of the peacock is the glory of God.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: As the caterpillar chooses the fairest leaves to lay her eggs on, so the priest lays his curse on the fairest joys. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

As the caterpillar chooses the fairest leaves to lay her eggs on, so the priest lays his curse on the fairest joys.


Quote: To some people a tree is something so incredibly beautiful that it brings tears to the eyes. To others it is just a green thing that stands in the way. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

To some people a tree is something so incredibly beautiful that it brings tears to the eyes. To others it is just a green thing that stands in the way.


Quote: But most thro' midnight streets I hear
How the youthful Harlots curse
Blasts the new-born Infants tear
And blights with plagues the Marriage hearse. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

But most thro' midnight streets I hear
How the youthful Harlots curse
Blasts the new-born Infants tear
And blights with plagues the Marriage hearse.


Quote: I cry, Love! Love! Love! happy happy Love! free as the mountain wind! by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

I cry, Love! Love! Love! happy happy Love! free as the mountain wind!


Quote: He who would do good to another must do it in minute particulars. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

He who would do good to another must do it in minute particulars.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: Innate ideas are in every man, born with him; they are truly himself. The man who says that we have no innate ideas must be a fool and knave, having no conscience or innate science. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Innate ideas are in every man, born with him; they are truly himself. The man who says that we have no innate ideas must be a fool and knave, having no conscience or innate science.


Quote: Abstinence sows sand all over The ruddy limbs and flaming hair, But desire gratified Plants fruits of life and beauty there. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Abstinence sows sand all over The ruddy limbs and flaming hair, But desire gratified Plants fruits of life and beauty there.


Quote: The Man who never in his Mind and Thoughts travel'd to Heaven Is No Artist. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

The Man who never in his Mind and Thoughts travel'd to Heaven Is No Artist.


Quote: Expect poison from the standing water. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Expect poison from the standing water.


Quote: The ancient Poets animated all sensible objects with Gods or Geniuses, calling them by the names and adorning them with the properties of woods, rivers, mountains, lakes, cities, nations, and whatever their enlarged and numerous senses could perceive. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

The ancient Poets animated all sensible objects with Gods or Geniuses, calling them by the names and adorning them with the properties of woods, rivers, mountains, lakes, cities, nations, and whatever their enlarged and numerous senses could perceive.


Quote: 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. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

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.


Quote: The Vision of Christ that thou dost see,

Is my vision's greatest enemy.

Thine is the Friend of all Mankind,

Mine speaks in Parables to the blind.

Thine loves the same world that mine hates,

Thy heaven-doors are my hell gates. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

The Vision of Christ that thou dost see,

Is my vision's greatest enemy.

Thine is the Friend of all Mankind,

Mine speaks in Parables to the blind.

Thine loves the same world that mine hates,

Thy heaven-doors are my hell gates.


Quote: Where others see but the dawn coming over the hill, I see the soul of God shouting for joy. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Where others see but the dawn coming over the hill, I see the soul of God shouting for joy.


Quote: 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? by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

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?

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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?

And did the Countenance Divine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here,
Among these dark Satanic Mills?

Bring me my Bow of burning gold:
Bring me my Arrows of desire:
Bring me my Spear: O clouds unfold!
Bring me my Chariot of fire!

I will not cease from Mental Fight,
Nor shall my Sword sleep in my hand,
Till we have built Jerusalem
In England's green and pleasant Land.


Quote: I see the Past, Present and Future existing all at once Before me. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

I see the Past, Present and Future existing all at once Before me.


Quote: Reason, or the ratio of all we have already known, is not the same that it shall be when we know more. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Reason, or the ratio of all we have already known, is not the same that it shall be when we know more.


Quote: To my eye Rubens' colouring is most contemptible. His shadows are a filthy brown somewhat the colour of excrement. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

To my eye Rubens' colouring is most contemptible. His shadows are a filthy brown somewhat the colour of excrement.


Quote: The countless gold of a merry heart, The rubies and pearls of a loving eye, The indolent never can bring to the mart, Nor the secret hoard up in his treasury. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

The countless gold of a merry heart, The rubies and pearls of a loving eye, The indolent never can bring to the mart, Nor the secret hoard up in his treasury.


Quote: A dog starved at his master's gate Predicts the ruin of the state. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

A dog starved at his master's gate Predicts the ruin of the state.


Quote: A skylark wounded in the wing,   A cherubim does cease to sing. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

A skylark wounded in the wing, A cherubim does cease to sing.


Quote: The Sick Rose O Rose, thou art sick. The invisible worm That flies in the night In the howling storm Has found out thy bed Of crimson joy, And his dark secret love Does thy life destroy. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

The Sick Rose O Rose, thou art sick. The invisible worm That flies in the night In the howling storm Has found out thy bed Of crimson joy, And his dark secret love Does thy life destroy.


Quote: Time is the mercy of Eternity; without Time's swiftness Which is the swiftest of all things, all were eternal torment. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Time is the mercy of Eternity; without Time's swiftness Which is the swiftest of all things, all were eternal torment.


Quote: As a man is, so he sees. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

As a man is, so he sees.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

As a man is, so he sees. As the eye is formed, such are its powers.


Quote: Angels are happier than men and devils, because they are not always prying after good and evil in one another, and eating the tree of knowledge for Satan's gratification. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Angels are happier than men and devils, because they are not always prying after good and evil in one another, and eating the tree of knowledge for Satan's gratification.


Quote: I see through my eyes, not with them. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

I see through my eyes, not with them.


Quote: This life's dim windows of the soul Distorts the heavens from pole to pole And leads you to believe a lie When you see with, not through, the eye. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

This life's dim windows of the soul Distorts the heavens from pole to pole And leads you to believe a lie When you see with, not through, the eye.


Quote: All wholesome food is caught without a net or trap. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

All wholesome food is caught without a net or trap.


Quote: Since all the riches of this world
May be gifts from the Devil and earthly kings,
I should suspect that I worshipp'd the Devil
If I thank'd my God for worldly things. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Since all the riches of this world
May be gifts from the Devil and earthly kings,
I should suspect that I worshipp'd the Devil
If I thank'd my God for worldly things.


Quote: My silks and fine array, My smiles and languished air, By love are driv'n away And mournful lean Despair Brings me yew to deck my grave: Such end true lovers have. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

My silks and fine array, My smiles and languished air, By love are driv'n away And mournful lean Despair Brings me yew to deck my grave: Such end true lovers have.


Quote: The worship of God is, Honouring his gifts in other men each according to his genius, and loving the greatest men best; those who envy or calumniate great men hate God, for there is no other God. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

The worship of God is, Honouring his gifts in other men each according to his genius, and loving the greatest men best; those who envy or calumniate great men hate God, for there is no other God.


Quote: Sweet babe, in thy face Soft desires I can trace, Secret joys and secret smiles, Little pretty infant wiles. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Sweet babe, in thy face Soft desires I can trace, Secret joys and secret smiles, Little pretty infant wiles.


Quote: A DIVINE IMAGE Cruelty has a human heart, And Jealousy a human face; Terror the human form divine, And Secresy the human dress. The human dress is forged iron, The human form a fiery forge, The human face a furnace sealed, The human heart its hungry gorge. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

A DIVINE IMAGE Cruelty has a human heart, And Jealousy a human face; Terror the human form divine, And Secresy the human dress. The human dress is forged iron, The human form a fiery forge, The human face a furnace sealed, The human heart its hungry gorge.


Quote: God appears, and God is Light, to those poor souls who dwell in Night; but does a Human Form display to those who dwell in realms of Day. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

God appears, and God is Light, to those poor souls who dwell in Night; but does a Human Form display to those who dwell in realms of Day.


Quote: I rest not from my great task! | To open the Eternal Worlds, | to open the immortal Eyes of Man | Inwards into the Worlds of Thought; | Into eternity, ever expanding | In the Bosom of God, | The Human Imagination. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

I rest not from my great task! | To open the Eternal Worlds, | to open the immortal Eyes of Man | Inwards into the Worlds of Thought; | Into eternity, ever expanding | In the Bosom of God, | The Human Imagination.


Quote: But if at church they would give some ale. And a pleasant fire our souls to regale. We'd sing and we'd pray all the live long day, Nor ever once from the church to stray. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

But if at church they would give some ale. And a pleasant fire our souls to regale. We'd sing and we'd pray all the live long day, Nor ever once from the church to stray.


Quote: Nothing is real beyond imaginative patterns men make of reality. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Nothing is real beyond imaginative patterns men make of reality.


Quote: Children of the future age Reading this indignant page Know that in a former time Love, sweet love, was thought a crime. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Children of the future age Reading this indignant page Know that in a former time Love, sweet love, was thought a crime.


Quote: The strongest poison ever known came from Caesar's laurel crown. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

The strongest poison ever known came from Caesar's laurel crown.




Quote: The reason Milton wrote in fetters when he wrote of Angels and God, and at liberty when of Devils and Hell, is because he was a true poet and of the Devil's party without knowing it. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

The reason Milton wrote in fetters when he wrote of Angels and God, and at liberty when of Devils and Hell, is because he was a true poet and of the Devil's party without knowing it.


Quote: Kill not the moth nor butterfly, For the Last Judgement draweth nigh. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Kill not the moth nor butterfly, For the Last Judgement draweth nigh.


Quote: Piping down the valleys wild, Piping songs of pleasant glee, On a cloud I saw a child, And he laughing said to me: Pipe a song about a Lamb. So I piped with merry cheer; Piper, pipe that song again. So I piped; he wept to hear. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Piping down the valleys wild, Piping songs of pleasant glee, On a cloud I saw a child, And he laughing said to me: Pipe a song about a Lamb. So I piped with merry cheer; Piper, pipe that song again. So I piped; he wept to hear.


Quote: When my mother died I was very young, And my father sold me while yet my tongue Could scarcely cry weep weep weep weep. So your chimneys I sweep, and in soot I sleep. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

When my mother died I was very young, And my father sold me while yet my tongue Could scarcely cry weep weep weep weep. So your chimneys I sweep, and in soot I sleep.


Quote: Without minute neatness of execution, the sublime cannot exist! Grandeur of ideas is founded on precision of ideas. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Without minute neatness of execution, the sublime cannot exist! Grandeur of ideas is founded on precision of ideas.


Quote: The Angel that presided o'er my birth Said, 'Little creature, formed of joy and mirth, Go love without the help of any thing on earth'. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

The Angel that presided o'er my birth Said, 'Little creature, formed of joy and mirth, Go love without the help of any thing on earth'.


Quote: Rome and Greece swept Art into their maw and destroy'd it; a Warlike State never can produce Art. It will Rob and Plunder and accumulate into one place, and Translate and Copy and Buy and Sell and Criticize, but not Make. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Rome and Greece swept Art into their maw and destroy'd it; a Warlike State never can produce Art. It will Rob and Plunder and accumulate into one place, and Translate and Copy and Buy and Sell and Criticize, but not Make.


Quote: 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? by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

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?


Quote: Bring me my bow of burning gold: Bring me my arrows of desire: Bring me my spear: O clouds, unfold! Bring me my chariot of fire. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Bring me my bow of burning gold: Bring me my arrows of desire: Bring me my spear: O clouds, unfold! Bring me my chariot of fire.


Quote: 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. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

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.


Quote: Joy and woe are woven fine. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Joy and woe are woven fine.


Quote: 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. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

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.


Quote: O thou who passest through our valleys in Thy strength, curb thy fierce steeds, allay the heat That flames from their large nostrils! Thou, O Summer, Oft pitchest here thy golden tent, and oft Beneath our oaks hast slept, while we beheld With joy thy ruddy limbs and flourishing hair. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of William Blake quote: O thou who passest through our valleys in Thy strength, curb thy fierce steeds, allay the heat That flames from their large nostrils! Thou, O Summer, Oft pitchest here thy golden tent, and oft Beneath our oaks hast slept, while we beheld With joy thy ruddy limbs and flourishing hair.- black text on quotes background

O thou who passest through our valleys in Thy strength, curb thy fierce steeds, allay the heat That flames from their large nostrils! Thou, O Summer, Oft pitchest here thy golden tent, and oft Beneath our oaks hast slept, while we beheld With joy thy ruddy limbs and flourishing hair.


Quote: Where cheating is, there's mischief there. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Where cheating is, there's mischief there.


Quote: He who loves his enemies betrays his friends; this surely is not what Jesus meant. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

He who loves his enemies betrays his friends; this surely is not what Jesus meant.


Quote: My mother groaned, my father wept,
into the dangerous world I leapt. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

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.


Quote: A good local pub has much in common with a church, except that a pub is warmer, and there's more conversation. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

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


Quote: The fox condemns the trap, not himself. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

The fox condemns the trap, not himself.


Quote: The best wine is the oldest, the best water the newest. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

The best wine is the oldest, the best water the newest.


Quote: Dip him in the river who loves water. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Dip him in the river who loves water.


Quote: When the stars threw down their spears
And watered heaven with their tears:
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?
- The Tyger. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

When the stars threw down their spears
And watered heaven with their tears:
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?
- The Tyger.


Quote: Shame is pride's cloak. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Shame is pride's cloak.


Quote: I heard an Angel singing; When the day was springing, Mercy, Pity, Peace; Is the world's release. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

I heard an Angel singing; When the day was springing, Mercy, Pity, Peace; Is the world's release.


Quote: I must create a system, or be enslaved by another man's. I will not reason and compare: my business is to create. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

I must create a system, or be enslaved by another man's. I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.


Quote: Pride is a personal commitment. It is an attitude which separates excellence from mediocrity. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Pride is a personal commitment. It is an attitude which separates excellence from mediocrity.


Quote: Energy is an eternal delight. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Energy is an eternal delight.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Energy is an eternal delight, and he who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence.


Quote: To the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

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


Quote: The crow wished everything was black, the Owl, that everything was white. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

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




Quote: He who replies to words of doubt
doth put the light of knowledge out. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

He who replies to words of doubt
doth put the light of knowledge out.


Quote: Improvement makes strait roads, but the crooked roads without Improvement, are roads of Genius. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Improvement makes strait roads, but the crooked roads without Improvement, are roads of Genius.


Quote: Without Unceasing Practice nothing can be done. Practice is Art. If you leave off you are lost. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Without Unceasing Practice nothing can be done. Practice is Art. If you leave off you are lost.


Quote: I have conversed with the spiritual Sun. I saw him on Primrose Hill. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

I have conversed with the spiritual Sun. I saw him on Primrose Hill.


Quote: Love is weak when there is more doubt than there is trust, but love is most strong when you learn to trust even with all the doubts. If a thing loves, it is infinite. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Love is weak when there is more doubt than there is trust, but love is most strong when you learn to trust even with all the doubts. If a thing loves, it is infinite.


Quote: One Power alone makes a Poet: Imagination. The Divine Vision. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

One Power alone makes a Poet: Imagination. The Divine Vision.


Quote: How can a bird that is born for joy Sit in a cage and sing? by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

How can a bird that is born for joy Sit in a cage and sing?


Quote: Nature has no outline. Imagination has. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Nature has no outline. Imagination has.


Quote: Energy is eternal delight. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Energy is eternal delight.


Quote: The busy bee has no time for sorrow. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

The busy bee has no time for sorrow.


Quote: Tyger! Tyger! burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry? by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

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


Quote: The world of imagination is the world of eternity. It is the divine bosom into which we shall all go after death of the vegetative body. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

The world of imagination is the world of eternity. It is the divine bosom into which we shall all go after death of the vegetative body.


Quote: You become what you behold. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

You become what you behold.


Quote: Some are born to sweet delight, Some are born to endless night. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

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


Quote: Hindsight is a wonderful thing but foresight is better, especially when it comes to saving life, or some pain! by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Hindsight is a wonderful thing but foresight is better, especially when it comes to saving life, or some pain!


Quote: Did he who made the lamb make thee? by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Did he who made the lamb make thee?


Quote: All that we saw was owing to your metaphysics. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

All that we saw was owing to your metaphysics.


Quote: If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern.


Quote: The modest Rose puts forth a thorn,The humble sheep a threat'ning horn:While the Lily white shall in love delight,Nor a thorn nor a threat stain her beauty bright. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

The modest Rose puts forth a thorn,The humble sheep a threat'ning horn:While the Lily white shall in love delight,Nor a thorn nor a threat stain her beauty bright.


Quote: 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. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

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.


Quote: The apple tree never asks the beech how he shall grow, nor the lion, the horse, how he shall take his prey. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

The apple tree never asks the beech how he shall grow, nor the lion, the horse, how he shall take his prey.


Quote: O Rose, thou art sick.
The invisible worm
That flies in the night
In the howling storm
Has found out thy bed
Of crimson joy,
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

O Rose, thou art sick.
The invisible worm
That flies in the night
In the howling storm
Has found out thy bed
Of crimson joy,
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.


Quote: I will not cease from mental fight Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

I will not cease from mental fight Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand.


Quote: Thou fair-hair'd angel of the evening, Now, whilst the sun rests on the mountains, light Thy bright torch of love; thy radiant crown Put on, and smile upon our evening bed! by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Thou fair-hair'd angel of the evening, Now, whilst the sun rests on the mountains, light Thy bright torch of love; thy radiant crown Put on, and smile upon our evening bed!


Quote: Sooner strangle an infant in its cradle than nurse unacted desires. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Sooner strangle an infant in its cradle than nurse unacted desires.


Quote: Excuse my enthusiasm or rather madness, for I am really drunk with intellectual vision whenever I take a pencil or graver into my hand. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Excuse my enthusiasm or rather madness, for I am really drunk with intellectual vision whenever I take a pencil or graver into my hand.


Quote: To see a 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. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

To see a 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.


Quote: When nations grow old the Arts grow cold
And commerce settles on every tree. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

When nations grow old the Arts grow cold
And commerce settles on every tree.


Quote: You've always had the power right there in your shoes, you just had to learn it for yourself. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

You've always had the power right there in your shoes, you just had to learn it for yourself.


Quote: 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. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

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.


Quote: To see a 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. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

To see a 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.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

To see a 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.
A robin redbreast in a cage
Puts all heaven in a rage.
A dove-house filled with doves and pigeons
Shudders hell through all its regions.


Quote: A truth that's told with bad intent
Beats all the lies you can invent. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

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


Quote: The lamb misused breeds public strife
And yet forgives the butcher's knife. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

The lamb misused breeds public strife
And yet forgives the butcher's knife.


Quote: Fiery the Angels rose, and as they rose deep thunder roll'd Around their shores, indignant burning with the fires of Orc. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Fiery the Angels rose, and as they rose deep thunder roll'd Around their shores, indignant burning with the fires of Orc.


Quote: O Autumn, laden with fruit, and stained With the blood of the grape, pass not, but sit Beneath my shady roof; there thou may'st rest, And tune thy jolly voice to my fresh pipe; And all the daughters of the year shall dance! Sing now the lusty song of fruit and flowers. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of William Blake quote; white text on black background

O Autumn, laden with fruit, and stained With the blood of the grape, pass not, but sit Beneath my shady roof; there thou may'st rest, And tune thy jolly voice to my fresh pipe; And all the daughters of the year shall dance! Sing now the lusty song of fruit and flowers.


Quote: O Winter! bar thine adamantine doors: The north is thine; there hast thou build thy dark, Deep-founded habitation. Shake not thy roofs, Nor bend thy pillars with thine iron car. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

O Winter! bar thine adamantine doors: The north is thine; there hast thou build thy dark, Deep-founded habitation. Shake not thy roofs, Nor bend thy pillars with thine iron car.


Quote: Lo! now the direful monster, whose skin clings
To his strong bones, strides o'er the groaning rocks:
He withers all in silence, and his hand
Unclothes the earth, and freezes up frail life. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Lo! now the direful monster, whose skin clings
To his strong bones, strides o'er the groaning rocks:
He withers all in silence, and his hand
Unclothes the earth, and freezes up frail life.


Quote: A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.


Quote: Better murder an infant in its cradle than nurse an unacted desire. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Better murder an infant in its cradle than nurse an unacted desire.


Quote: 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. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

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.


Quote: Christ's crucifix shall be made an excuse for executing criminals. by author William Blake overlaid on photo of photo of author William Blake with quote

Christ's crucifix shall be made an excuse for executing criminals.


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