William Blake Quotes

- Notable William Blake Quotes Index -

Born: November 28, 1757, London, England, UK
Birth Country: UK
Died: London, England, UK, August 12, 1827
Occupation: Author

1.
A truth that's told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent.
- William Blake

2.
Active Evil is better than Passive Good.
- William Blake

3.
Art can never exist without naked beauty displayed.
- William Blake

4.
Art is the tree of life. Science is the tree of death.
- William Blake

5.
Can I see another's woe, and not be in sorrow too? Can I see another's grief, and not seek for kind relief?
- William Blake

6.
Eternity is in love with the productions of time.
- William Blake

7.
Excessive sorrow laughs. Excessive joy weeps.
- William Blake

8.
Exuberance is beauty.
- William Blake

9.
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

10.
Great things are done when men and mountains meet.
- William Blake

11.
He who binds to himself a joy Does the winged life destroy But he who kisses the joy as it flies Lives in eternity's sun rise.
- William Blake

12.
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.
- William Blake

13.
I must create a system or be enslaved by another mans I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.
- William Blake

14.
Imagination is the real and eternal world of which this vegetable universe is but a faint shadow.
- William Blake

15.
In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.
- William Blake

16.
It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
- William Blake

17.
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

18.
Love seeketh not itself to please, nor for itself hath any care, but for another gives its ease, and builds a Heaven in Hell's despair.
- William Blake

19.
Man has no Body distinct from his Soul for that called Body is a portion of Soul discerned by the five Senses, the chief inlets of Soul in this age.
- William Blake

20.
Opposition is true friendship.
- William Blake

21.
Poetry fettered, fetters the human race. Nations are destroyed or flourish in proportion as their poetry, painting, and music are destroyed or flourish.
- William Blake

22.
Prisons are built with stones of Law. Brothels with the bricks of religion.
- William Blake

23.
That the Jews assumed a right exclusively to the benefits of God will be a lasting witness against them and the same will it be against Christians.
- William Blake

24.
The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.
- William Blake

25.
The difference between a bad artist and a good one is: the bad artist seems to copy a great deal the good one really does.
- William Blake

26.
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

27.
The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.
- William Blake

28.
The hours of folly are measured by the clock but of wisdom, no clock can measure.
- William Blake

29.
The man who never in his mind and thoughts travel'd to heaven is no artist.
- William Blake

30.
The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.
- William Blake

31.
The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.
- William Blake

32.
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

33.
The true method of knowledge is experiment.
- William Blake

34.
The weak in courage is strong in cunning.
- William Blake

35.
Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.
- William Blake

36.
To the eyes of a miser a guinea is more beautiful than the sun, and a bag worn with the use of money has more beautiful proportions than a vine filled with grapes.
- William Blake

37.
Travelers repose and dream among my leaves.
- William Blake

38.
Want of money and the distress of a thief can never be alleged as the cause of his thieving, for many honest people endure greater hardships with fortitude. We must therefore seek the cause elsewhere than in want of money, for that is the miser's passion, not the thief s.
- William Blake

39.
What is a wife and what is a harlot? What is a church and what is a theatre? are they two and not one? Can they exist separate? Are not religion and politics the same thing? Brotherhood is religion. O demonstrations of reason dividing families in cruelty and pride!
- William Blake

40.
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

41.
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.
- William Blake

42.
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

43.
Where mercy, love, and pity dwell, there God is dwelling too.
- William Blake

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