Friday, January 26, 2007

Quote of the Day, 1/26/07: Yeats

To go along with the poem I posted for Poetry Friday, here are some more words from William Butler Yeats.

I think it better that at times like these [war]
A poet's mouth be silent, for in truth
We have no gift to set a statesman right.

We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but out of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry.

Even when the poet seems most himself…he is never the bundle of accident and incoherence that sits down to breakfast; he has been reborn as an idea, something intended, complete.

We…are no petty people. We are one of the great stocks of Europe. We are the people of Burke; we are the people of Swift, the people of Emmet, the people of Parnell. We have created most of the modern literature of this country. We have created the best of its political intelligence.

Think like a wise man but express yourself like the common people.

It's not a writer's business to hold opinions.

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