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Nationality
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DOB
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13-06-1865
DOD
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28-01-1939

In his circle of acquaintances, celebrated Irish poet, William Butler Yeats was known for his absent-mindedness and his tendency to brood upon his own literary creations. In fact, the poet would most often be immersed in his thoughts to such an extent that there were several occasions when this writer would forget to eat. ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’ creator always required someone else to remind him to have his meals. There were also those times, when this genius would start eating and keep devouring whatever food he saw, until an acquaintance present there checked him.

This thoughtful literary titan would often walk about with arms swinging in the air, while he recited his own lines of poetry and contemplated on the next lines that he would pen. This habit of his was talked-about not just within but also outside his circle of associates. “Willie”, as Yeats’ friends called him, wrote about himself, saying that he would often gesticulate animatedly, without any regard of the alarm that onlookers would face.

There were also those funny yet bizarre instances when the Dublin policemen would follow William suspiciously, wherever he went, not sure whether they should arrest the ‘mad’ man or not. Eventually they would decide not to run him in, saying, “'Shure, 'tisn't mad he is, nor yet drink taken. 'Tis the poethry that's disturbin' his head,' and leave him alone.”

In his circle of acquaintances, celebrated Irish poet, William Butler Yeats was known for his absent-mindedness and his tendency to brood upon his own literary creations. In fact, the poet would most often be immersed in his thoughts to such an extent that there were several occasions when this writer would forget to eat. ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’ creator always required someone else to remind him to have his meals. There were also those times, when this genius would start eating and keep devouring whatever food he saw, until an acquaintance present there checked him.

This thoughtful literary titan would often walk about with arms swinging in the air, while he recited his own lines of poetry and contemplated on the next lines that he would pen. This habit of his was talked-about not just within but also outside his circle of associates. “Willie”, as Yeats’ friends called him, wrote about himself, saying that he would often gesticulate animatedly, without any regard of the alarm that onlookers would face.

There were also those funny yet bizarre instances when the Dublin policemen would follow William suspiciously, wherever he went, not sure whether they should arrest the ‘mad’ man or not. Eventually they would decide not to run him in, saying, “'Shure, 'tisn't mad he is, nor yet drink taken. 'Tis the poethry that's disturbin' his head,' and leave him alone.”

From our birthday, until we die, Is but the winking of an eye.

- William Butler Yeats

A line will take us hours maybe; Yet if it does not seem a moment's thought, our stitching and unstinting has been naught.

- William Butler Yeats

And say my glory was I had such friends.

- William Butler Yeats

Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.

- William Butler Yeats

But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

- William Butler Yeats

Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!

- William Butler Yeats

Designs in connection with postage stamps and coinage may be described, I think, as the silent ambassadors on national taste.

- William Butler Yeats

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

- William Butler Yeats

Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.

- William Butler Yeats

How far away the stars seem, and how far is our first kiss, and ah, how old my heart.

- William Butler Yeats

I am still of opinion that only two topics can be of the least interest to a serious and studious mood - sex and the dead.

- William Butler Yeats

I balanced all, brought all to mind, the years to come seemed waste of breath, a waste of breath the years behind, in balance with this life, this death.

- William Butler Yeats

I have believed the best of every man. And find that to believe is enough to make a bad man show him at his best, or even a good man swings his lantern higher.

- William Butler Yeats

I think it better that in times like these a poet's mouth be silent, for in truth we have no gift to set a statesman right.

- William Butler Yeats

If suffering brings wisdom, I would wish to be less wise.

- William Butler Yeats

Life is a long preparation for something that never happens.

- William Butler Yeats

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