149+ Best William Blake Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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

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. – William Blake

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

The Old and New Testaments are the Great Code of Art. – William Blake

Love to faults is always blind, always is to joy inclined. Lawless, winged, and unconfined, and breaks all chains from every mind. – William Blake

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

The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship. – William Blake

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

Thy friendship oft has made my heart to ache: do be my enemy for friendship’s sake. – William Blake

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. – William Blake

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. – William Blake

Each man must create his own system or else he is a slave to another mans – William Blake

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

Celebrate your existence! – William Blake

Opposition is true friendship. – William Blake

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

Every wolf’s and lion’s howl Raises from Hell a human soul. – William Blake

He who doubts from what he sees Will ne’er believe, do what you please. – William Blake

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! – William Blake

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. – William Blake

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. – William Blake

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. – William Blake

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

The naked women’s body is a portion of eternity too great for the eye of man. – William Blake

Travelers repose and dream among my leaves. – William Blake

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? – William Blake

Where mercy, love, and pity dwell, there God is dwelling too. – William Blake

If a thing loves, it is infinite. – William Blake

Lives in eternity’s sun rise. – William Blake

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. – William Blake

He who kisses joy as it flies by will live in eternity’s sunrise. – William Blake

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

Why cannot the ear be closed to its own destruction? Or the glistening eye to the poison of a smile? – William Blake

Work up imagination to the state of vision. – William Blake

The Errors of a Wise Man make your Rule Rather than the Perfections of a Fool. – William Blake

Prisons are built with stones of Law. Brothels with the bricks of religion. – William Blake

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

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 – William Blake

The Goddess Fortune is the devil’s servant, ready to kiss any one’s ass. – William Blake

If you have formed a circle to go into,Go into it yourself and see how you would do. – William Blake

There is a place where Contrarieties are equally True. – William Blake

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

They who forgive most shall be most forgiven. – William Blake

Better to shun the bait than struggle in the snare. – William Blake

Everything to be imagined is an image of truth. – William Blake

Mans desires are limited by his perceptions; none can desire what he has not perceived. – William Blake

There can be no Good Will. Will is always Evil; it is persecution to others or selfishness. – William Blake

He who wants, but doesn’t act, is a pest. – William Blake

Silent as despairing love, and strong as jealousy. – William Blake

Knowledge is Life with wings. – William Blake

Why stand we here trembling around, calling on God for help, and not ourselves, in whom God dwells? – William Blake

I am in you and you in me, mutual in divine love. – William Blake

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

Expect poison from the standing water. – William Blake

The pride of the peacock is the glory of God. – William Blake

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

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. – William Blake

The true method of knowledge is experiment. – William Blake

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. – William Blake

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

The cut worm forgives the plow. – William Blake

You throw the sand against the wind and the wind blows it back again. – William Blake

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

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

The fool who persists in his folly will become wise. – William Blake

In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy. – William Blake

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. – William Blake

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. – William Blake

Time is the mercy of Eternity; without Time’s swiftness Which is the swiftest of all things, all were eternal torment. – William Blake

The Woman that does not love your Frowns Will never embrace your smiles. – William Blake

Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night. – William Blake

Jesus & his apostles & disciples were all artists. – William Blake

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. – William Blake

A robin redbreast in a cage Puts all heaven in a rage. – William Blake

I must create a system, or be enslav’d by another man’s. – William Blake

To create a little flower is the labour of ages. – William Blake

As we are, so we see. – William Blake

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? – William Blake

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

Error is created; truth is eternal. – William Blake

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. – William Blake

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 – William Blake

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

God keep me from the divinity of Yes and Nothe Yea Nay Creeping Jesus, from supposing Up and Down to be the same thing as allexperimentalists must suppose. – William Blake

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

Tools were made and born were hands, Every farmer understands. – William Blake

He who has suffered you to impose on him knows you. – William Blake

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. – William Blake

Christianity is art and not money. Money is its curse. – William Blake

Those who restrain desire, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained; and the restrainer or reason usurps its place & governs the unwilling. And being restrain’d it by degrees becomes passive till it is only the shadow of desire. – William Blake

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. – William Blake

The weak in courage is strong in cunning. – William Blake

What is now proved was once only imagined. – William Blake

Mere enthusiasm is the all in all… / Passion and expression are beauty itself. – William Blake

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. – William Blake

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend. – William Blake

The nakedness of woman is the work of God. – William Blake

Make your own rules or be a slave to another man’s. – William Blake

Gratitude, in itself, is heaven. – William Blake

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

Poetry, Painting & Music, the three Powers in man of conversing with Paradise, which the flood did not sweep away. – William Blake

I care not whether a man is good or evil; all that I care / Is whether he is a wise man or a fool. Go! put off holiness, / And put on intellect. – William Blake

Every harlot was a virgin once. – William Blake

If the Sun and Moon should ever doubt, they’d immediately go out. – William Blake

Active Evil is better than Passive Good. – William Blake

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

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

Eternity is in love with the productions of time. – William Blake

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

Can I see a falling tear, And not feel my sorrow’s share? – William Blake

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. – William Blake

Mutual forgiveness of each vice. Such are the Gates of Paradise. – William Blake

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

The busy bee has no time for sorrow. – William Blake

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. – William Blake

The eye altering, alters all. – William Blake

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

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

When Sir Joshua Reynolds died All Nature was degraded – William Blake

There is no mistake so great as the mistake of not going on. – William Blake

The moon, like a flower in heaven’s high bower, with silent delight sits and smiles on the night. – William Blake

The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest. – William Blake

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

The man who never alters his opinions is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind. – William Blake

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

Drive your cart and plow over the bones of the dead. – William Blake

Where any view of money exists, art cannot be carried on. – William Blake

Enlightenment means taking full responsibility for your life. – William Blake

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

More! More! is the cry of a mistaken soul. – William Blake

In the universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between, there are doors. – William Blake

Some say that happiness is not good for mortals, & they ought to be answered that sorrow is not fit for immortals & is utterly useless to any one; a blight never does good to a tree, & 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

If you would help another man, you must do so in minute particulars. – William Blake

How can the bird that is born for joy Sit in a cage and sing? How can a child, when fears annoy, But droop his tender wing, And forget his youthful spring? – William Blake

Excessive sorrow laughs. Excessive joy weeps. – William Blake

He who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence. – William Blake

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. – William Blake

thou with dewy locks, who lookest down Thro’ the clear windows of the morning, turn Thine angel eyes upon our western isle, Which in full choir hails thy approach, O Spring! The hills tell each other, and the listening Valleys hear; all our longing eyes are turned Up to thy bright pavilions: issue forth, And let thy holy feet visit our clime. Come o’er the eastern hills, and let our winds Kiss thy perfumed garments; let us taste Thy morn and evening breath; scatter thy pearls Upon our love-sick land that mourns for thee. – William Blake

THE POISON TREE 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 & morning with my tears; And I sunned it with my 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. – William Blake

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

He who shall hurt the little wren Shall never be beloved by men. – William Blake

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

We are not meant to resolve all contradictions but to live with them and rise above them. – William Blake

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

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. – William Blake

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

We are here to learn to endure the beams of love – William Blake

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

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. – William Blake

I see through my eyes, not with them. – William Blake

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