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Literary and Philosophical Quotes -- Poets and Dreamers -- William Blake


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William Blake, born Nov. 28, 1757, London, died Aug. 12, 1827, London. English poet, painter, engraver, and visionary mystic whose hand-illustrated series of lyrical and epic poems, beginning with Songs of Innocence (1789) and Songs of Experience (1794), form one of the most strikingly original and independent bodies of work in the Western cultural tradition. Blake is now regarded as one of the earliest and greatest figures of Romanticism. Yet he was ignored by the public of his day and was called mad because he was single-minded and unworldly; he lived on the edge of poverty and died in neglect.

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  • 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 man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.
  • Without contraries is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence.
  • Opposition is true friendship.
  • When I tell any truth it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it, but for the sake of defending those who do.
  • I see every thing I paint in this world, but everybody does not see alike. 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.
  • 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.
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