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English poet, painter, and mystic (1757-1827)

William Blake quote

The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

WILLIAM BLAKE, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

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.

WILLIAM BLAKE, Songs of Experience

Death is terrible, tho' borne on angels' wings!

WILLIAM BLAKE, King Edward the Third

A truth that's told with bad intent
Beats all the lies you can invent.

WILLIAM BLAKE, Auguries of Innocence

Abstinence sows sand all over
The ruddy limbs and flaming hair,
But Desire gratified
Plants fruits of life and beauty there.

WILLIAM BLAKE, Gnomic Verses

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

WILLIAM BLAKE, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

Father, O father! what do we here
In this land of unbelief and fear?
The Land of Dreams is better far,
Above the light of the morning star.

WILLIAM BLAKE, The Land of Dreams

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

WILLIAM BLAKE, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

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

WILLIAM BLAKE, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

What is now proved was once only imagined.

WILLIAM BLAKE, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

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 only.

WILLIAM BLAKE, A Vision of the Last Judgment

Where lambs have nibbled, silent moves
The feet of angels bright;
Unseen they pour blessing,
And joy without ceasing,
On each bud and blossom,
And each sleeping bosom.


Art can never exist without Naked beauty display'd.

WILLIAM BLAKE, on his etching of the Laocoön

What is it men in women to require?
The lineaments of gratified desire.
What is it women do in men require?
The lineaments of gratified desire.

WILLIAM BLAKE, Gnomic Verses

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.

WILLIAM BLAKE, Songs of Experience

O Autumn, laden with fruit, and stain'd
With the blood of the grape, pass not, but sit
Beneath my shady roof, there thou mayest rest,
And tune thy jolly voice to my fresh pipe,
And all the daughters of the year shall dance!
Sing now the lusty song of fruits and flowers.


He who desires but acts not, breeds pestilence.

WILLIAM BLAKE, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

The true method of knowledge is experiment.

WILLIAM BLAKE, All Religions are One

When nations grow old, the Arts grow cold,
And Commerce settles on every tree.

WILLIAM BLAKE, On Art and Artists

The moon like a flower
In heaven's high bower,
With silent delight,
Sits and smiles on the night.


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

WILLIAM BLAKE, Proverbs of Hell

He who doubts from what he sees
Will ne'er believe, do what you please.
If the sun and moon should doubt
They'd immediately go out.

WILLIAM BLAKE, Auguries of Innocence

Every Harlot was a Virgin once.

WILLIAM BLAKE, For the Sexes: The Gates of Paradise

The Foundation of Empire is Art & Science Remove them or Degrade them & the Empire is No More.

WILLIAM BLAKE, Annotations to Sir Joshua Reynolds's Discourses

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

WILLIAM BLAKE, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.


God appears and god is light
To those poor souls who dwell in night
But does a human form display
To those who dwell in realms of day.

WILLIAM BLAKE, Auguries of Innocence

He who binds to himself a joy
Does the wingèd life destroy;
But he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity's sunrise.


Great things are done when men and mountains meet;
This is not done by jostling in the street.


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

WILLIAM BLAKE, "A Memorable Fancy"

Read A. C. Benson's essay on William Blake

William Blake Poems - a collection of his poetry.

William Blake Poetry - more poems by Blake.

William Blake Bibliography - a bibliography, including list of critical resources.


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