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William Blake
Quotations



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

"Always be ready to speak your mind and a base man will avoid you."
 
"It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend."
 
"Exuberance is beauty."
 
"I must Create a System or be enslav'd by another Man's."
- Jerusalem
 
"He who would do good to another must do it in Minute Particulars:"
- Jerusalem
 
"What is now proved was once only imagin'd."
- The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
 
"He who desires but acts not breeds pestilence."
- The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
 
"If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite."
- The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
 
"A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees."
- The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
 
"To create a little flower is the labour of ages."
- The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
 
"The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind."
- The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
 
"Shame is Pride's cloak."
- The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
 
"No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings."
- The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
 
"The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom."
- The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
 
"The eye altering, alters all."
- The Mental Traveller
 
"I do not behold the outward creation... it is a hindrance and not action."
 
"I look through the eye, not with it."
 
"And now let me finish with assuring you that, Tho' I have been very unhappy, I am so no longer. I am again Emerged into the light of day; I still & shall to Eternity Embrace Christianity and Adore him who is the Express image of God; but I have travel'd thro' Perils & Darkness not unlike a Champion. I have Conquer'd, and shall go on Conquering. Nothing can withstand the fury of my course among the Stars of God & in the Abysses of the Accuser. My enthusiasm is still what it was, only Enlarged and confirmed. "
 
"Having spent the Vigour of my Youth & Genius under the Oppression of Sr Joshua & his Gang of Cunning Hired Knaves Without Employment & as much as could possibly be without Bread, The Reader must Expect to read in all my remarks on these Books Nothing but Indignation & Resentment. While Sr Joshua was rolling in Riches . . . (he) & Gainsborough Blotted & Blurred one against the other & Divided all the English World between them. Fuseli, Indignant, almost hid himself. I am hid. "
 
"The reason Milton wrote in fetters when he wrote of Angels & God, and at liberty when of Devils & Hell, is because he was a true poet and of the Devil's party without knowing it. "
 
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