Poet and playwright William Butler Yeats (1865–1939) was born on this day in Sandymount near Dublin, Ireland, the son of portrait painter John Butler Yeats. Passionate and serious-minded, he published his first poem in 1885.
A founder and director of Dublin's Abbey Theatre and member (1922–28) of the Irish senate, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1923. He was considered one of the most important poets of the 20th century.
Here are some quotes by Yeats for your enjoyment today!
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.
I have spread my dreams under your feet tread softly, because you tread on my dreams.
In dreams begin responsibility.
The innocent and the beautiful Have no enemy but time. ~ William Butler Yeats
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