William Blake

William Blake

Style: Romanticism

Lived: November 28, 1757 - August 12, 1827 (18th - 19th century)

Nationality: United Kingdom

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

Energy is eternal delight.

I myself do nothing. The Holy Spirit accomplishes all through me.

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

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.

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

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

Can I see another's woe, and not be in sorrow too? Can I see another's grief, and not seek for kind relief?

Embraces are cominglings from the head even to the feet, and not a pompous high priest entering by a secret place.

Excessive sorrow laughs. Excessive joy weeps.

Great things are done when men and mountains meet.

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.

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!

If the Sun and Moon should ever doubt, they'd immediately go out.

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.

Prudence is a rich, ugly, old maid courted by incapacity.

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.

The weak in courage is strong in cunning.

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

Those who restrain their desires, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained.

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.

To generalize is to be an idiot.

What is grand is necessarily obscure to weak men. That which can be made explicit to the idiot is not worth my care.

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.

What is now proved was once only imagined.

When thou seest an eagle, thou seest a portion of genius; lift up thy head!

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

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