William Blake was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Profoundly inspirational William Blake quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.
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Famous William Blake Quotes
Each man must create his own system or else he is a slave to another mans
Lives in eternity’s sun rise.
Opposition is true friendship.
The true method of knowledge is experiment.
You throw the sand against the wind and the wind blows it back again.
Travelers repose and dream among my leaves.
Let the men do their duty & the women will be such wonders; the female life lives from the light of the male: see a man’s female dependants, you know the man.
Why stand we here trembling around, calling on God for help, and not ourselves, in whom God dwells?
Everything to be imagined is an image of truth.
Man was made for joy and woe, and when this we rightly know through the world we safely go. Joy and woe are woven fine, a clothing for the soul to bind.
The fool who persists in his folly will become wise.
I must create a system, or be enslav’d by another man’s.
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.
Wisdom is sold in a desolate marketplace where none can come to buy.
The Woman that does not love your Frowns Will never embrace your smiles.
Prisons are built with stones of Law. Brothels with the bricks of religion.
Better to shun the bait than struggle in the snare.
To create a little flower is the labour of ages.
The naked women’s body is a portion of eternity too great for the eye of man.
Pride is a personal commitment. It is an attitude which separates excellence from mediocrity.
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.
Inspirational William Blake Quotes
He who does not imagine in stronger and better lineaments, and in stronger and better light than his perishing and mortal eye can see, does not imagine at all.
Error is created; truth is eternal.
There is a place where Contrarieties are equally True.
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.
Where mercy, love, and pity dwell, there God is dwelling too.
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.
He who wants, but doesn’t act, is a pest.
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?
If you cannot imagine with the mind’s eye much more than you can see with the mortal eye, you have a very poor imagination indeed.
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.
I am in you and you in me, mutual in divine love.
The cut worm forgives the plow.
If you have formed a circle to go into,Go into it yourself and see how you would do.
The Old and New Testaments are the Great Code of Art.
Does a firm persuasion that a thing is so, make it so?
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.
Mans desires are limited by his perceptions; none can desire what he has not perceived.
In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.
In your own bosom you bear your heaven and earth, And all you behold, though it appears without, It is within, in your imagination, Of which this world of mortality is but a shadow.
Knowledge is Life with wings.
Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.
Tyger! Tyger! burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
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
The Goddess Fortune is the devil’s servant, ready to kiss any one’s ass.
The Errors of a Wise Man make your Rule Rather than the Perfections of a Fool.
Silent as despairing love, and strong as jealousy.
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.
Top William Blake Quotes
Work up imagination to the state of vision.
They who forgive most shall be most forgiven.
A dog starv’d at the master’s gate Predicts the ruin of the State. A horse misus’d upon the road Calls to heaven for human blood. Each outcry of the hunted hare A fibre from the brain does tear, A skylark wounded on the wing, A cherubim does cease to sing.
The pride of the peacock is the glory of God.
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.
Celebrate your existence!
As we are, so we see.
white-robed Angel, guide my timorous hand to write as on a lofty rock with iron pen the words of truth, that all who pass may read.
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.
He who kisses joy as it flies by will live in eternity’s sunrise.
The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.
Thy friendship oft has made my heart to ache: do be my enemy for friendship’s sake.
Every wolf’s and lion’s howl Raises from Hell a human soul.
He who doubts from what he sees Will ne’er believe, do what you please.
Expect poison from the standing water.
Children of the future age Reading this indignant page Know that in a former time Love, sweet love, was thought a crime
When the doors of perception are cleansed, men will see things as they truly are, infinite.
Why cannot the ear be closed to its own destruction? Or the glistening eye to the poison of a smile?
I am more famed in Heaven for my works than I could well conceive. In my brain are studies & chambers filled with books & pictures of old, which I wrote and painted in ages of Eternity before my mortal life; and whose works are the delight & study of Archangels. Why, then, should I be anxious about the riches or fame of mortality?
Time is the mercy of Eternity; without Time’s swiftness Which is the swiftest of all things, all were eternal torment.
To Mercy, Pity, Peace and Love All pray in their distress, And to these virtues of delight Return their thankfulness.
Love seeketh only self to please, To bind another to its delight, Joys in another’s loss of ease, And builds a Hell in Heaven’s despite.
A robin redbreast in a cage Puts all heaven in a rage.
Oh! why was I born with a different face? why was I not born like the rest of my race? when I look,each one starts! when I speak, I offend; then Im silent & passive & lose every friend. Then my verse I dishonour, my pictures despise, my person degrade & my temper chastise; and the pen is my terror, the pencil my shame; all my talents I bury, and dead is my fame. Im either too low or too highly prized; when elate I m envy’d, when meek Im despis’d
There is a smile of love, And there is a smile of deceit, And there is a smile of smiles In which these two smiles meet.
I went to the Garden of Love, And saw what I never had seen: A Chapel was built in the midst, Where I used to play on the green. And the gates of this Chapel were shut, And ‘Thou shalt not’ writ over the door; So I turn’d to the Garden of Love, That so many sweet flowers bore. And I saw it was filled with graves, And tomb-stones where flowers should be: And Priests in black gowns, were walking their rounds, And binding with briars, my joys & desires.
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.
Little fly, thy summer’s play My thoughtless hand has brushed away. Am not I a fly like thee? Or art not thou a man like me? For I dance and drink and sing, Till some blind hand shall brush my wing!
If a thing loves, it is infinite.
There can be no Good Will. Will is always Evil; it is persecution to others or selfishness.
Jesus & his apostles & disciples were all artists.
If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.
Love to faults is always blind, always is to joy inclined. Lawless, winged, and unconfined, and breaks all chains from every mind.