William Blake Quotes

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.

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 road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.

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.

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.

A truth that’s told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent.

If a thing loves, it is infinite.

What is now proved was once only imagined.

Every Night and every Morn, Some to Misery are born. Every Morn and every Night, Some are born to Sweet Delight.

In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.

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

He who desires but acts not breeds pestilence.

Improvement makes straight roads, but the crooked roads without Improvement are roads of Genius.

The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.

He who kisses the joy as it flies, lives in eternity’s sunrise.

The eagle never lost so much time as when he submitted to learn from the crow.

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

Art can never exist without naked beauty displayed.

Excessive sorrow laughs. Excessive joy weeps.

He whose face gives no light shall never become a star.

If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, Infinite.

Active evil is better than passive good.

Hear the voice of the Bard! Who Present, Past, and Future sees; Whose ears have heard The Holy Word That walk’d among the ancient trees

One thought fills immensity.

Wisdom is sold in the desolate market where none come to buy.

I sought my God, but my God eluded me. I sought my brother and I found all three.

Prisons are built with stones of Law, Brothels with bricks of Religion.

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.

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

A tear is an intellectual thing.

As a man is, so he sees. As the eye is formed, such are its powers.

Without Contraries is no progression. Attraction and Repulsion, Reason and Energy, Love and Hate, are necessary to Human existence.

The man who never in his mind and thoughts has traveled to heaven is no artist.

When the doors of perception are cleansed, man will see things as they truly are, infinite.

Every harlot was a virgin once.

Excessive sorrow laughs, recalls Blake, excessive joy weeps.

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

Every tear from every eye Becomes a babe in eternity.

The weak in courage is strong in cunning.

This life’s dim windows of the soul Distorts the heavens from pole to pole And leads you to believe a lie When you see with, not through, the eye.

The hours of folly are measured by the clock; but of wisdom, no clock can measure.

No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.

You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough.

Eternity is in love with the productions of time.

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 alone.

The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.

A truth that’s told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent.

Great things are done when men and mountains meet.

To generalize is to be an idiot. To particularize is the alone distinction of merit.

Prudence is a rich, ugly old maid courted by incapacity.

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