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70+ Famous William Blake Quotes On Love, Passion, Art & Poetry

Here’s a selection of William Blake Quotes, covering topics such as doors of perception, mysticism and imagination.

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Mysteries are not to be solved. They eye goes blind when it only wants to see why.

When a sinister person means to be your enemy, they always start by trying to become your friend.

Prisons are built with stones of Law. Brothels with the bricks of religion.

A DIVINE IMAGE Cruelty has a human heart, And Jealousy a human face; Terror the human form divine, And Secresy the human dress. The human dress is forged iron, The human form a fiery forge, The human face a furnace sealed, The human heart its hungry gorge.

If a thing loves, it is infinite.

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.

Art is the tree of life. Science is the tree of death.

Better to shun the bait than struggle in the snare.

We are not meant to resolve all contradictions but to live with them and rise above them.

The soul of sweet delight, can never be defiled.

The Woman that does not love your Frowns Will never embrace your smiles.

Love is weak when there is more doubt than there is trust, but love is most strong when you learn to trust even with all the doubts. If a thing loves, it is infinite.

And we are put on earth a little space, That we may learn to bear the beams of love.

To some people a tree is something so incredibly beautiful that it brings tears to the eyes. To others it is just a green thing that stands in the way.

Excessive sorrow laughs. Excessive joy weeps.

The imagination is not a state: it is the human existence itself.

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

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

Lives in eternity’s sun rise.

Opposition is true friendship.

Truth can never be told so as to be understood and not be believed.

The world of imagination is the world of eternity. It is the divine bosom into which we shall all go after the death of the vegetated [i.e. mortal] body. This world of imagination is infinite and eternal, whereas the world of generation is finite and temporal. There exist in that eternal world the eternal realities of everything which we see reflected in this vegetable glass of nature.

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.

The glory of christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.

The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.

My mother groaned, my father wept,
into the dangerous world I leapt.

In the universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between, there are doors.

Joy and woe are woven fine,
A clothing for the soul divine.
Under every grief and pine
Runs a joy with silken twine.

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

Poetry, Painting & Music, the three Powers in man of conversing with Paradise, which the flood did not sweep away.

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.

What is now proved was once only imagined.

The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.

The person who does not believe in miracles surely makes it certain that he or she will never take part in one.

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

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.

He who kisses joy as it flies by will live in eternity’s sunrise.

Gratitude, in itself, is heaven.

There is no mistake so great as the mistake of not going on.

Tyger! tyger! burning bright
in the forests of the night,
what immortal hand or eye
could frame thy fearful symmetry?.

Eternity is in love with the productions of time.

In your own bosom you bear your heaven and earth,
And all you behold, though it appears without,
It is within, in your imagination,
Of which this world of mortality is but a shadow.

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.

Exuberance is beauty.

The weak in courage is strong in cunning.

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.

Make your own rules or be a slave to another man’s.

Every night and every morn
some to misery are born.
every morn and every night
some are born to sweet delight,
some are born to endless night.

Those who restrain desire do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained.

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.

Without contraries is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence.

I must create a system, or be enslaved by another man’s. I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.

You cannot have Liberty in this world without what you call Moral Virtue, and you cannot have Moral Virtue without the slavery of that half of the human race who hate what you call Moral Virtue.

I was walking among the fires of hell, delighted with the enjoyments of genius; which to angels look like torment and insanity.

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

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.

When the green woods laugh with the voice of joy, And the dimpling stream runs laughing by; When the air does laugh with our merry wit, And the green hill laughs with the noise of it.

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

You become what you behold.

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.

Enlightenment means taking full responsibility for your life.

If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.

Do what you will this life’s a fiction, And is made up of contradiction.

Why stand we here trembling around, calling on God for help, and not ourselves, in whom God dwells?

Knowledge is Life with wings

Can I see another’s woe, and not be in sorrow too? Can I see another’s grief, and not seek for kind relief?

They who forgive most shall be most forgiven.

I am in you and you in me, mutual in divine love.

Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.

Without Unceasing Practice nothing can be done. Practice is Art. If you leave off you are lost.

As we are, so we see.

To generalize is to be an idiot.

Man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.

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

A good local pub has much in common with a church, except that a pub is warmer, and there’s more conversation.

Love to faults is always blind, always is to joy inclined. Lawless, winged, and unconfined, and breaks all chains from every mind.

He who sees the Infinite in all things sees God.

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

Mans desires are limited by his perceptions; none can desire what he has not perceived.

I see through my eyes, not with them.

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

For all eternity, I forgive you and you forgive me.

Art can never exist without naked beauty displayed.

To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower Hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.

What is grand is necessarily obscure to weak men. That which can be made explicit to the idiot is not worth my care.

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