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William Blake Quotes

(1757-1827), British Poet, Painter

Want of money and the distress of a thief can never be alleged as the cause of his thieving, for many honest people endure greater hardships with fortitude. We must therefore seek the cause elsewhere than in want of money, for that is the miser's passion, not the thief s.

Category: Crime And Criminals

The weak in courage is strong in cunning.

Category: Cunning

He who desires but does not act, breeds pestilence.

Category: Desire

Then my verse I dishonor, my pictures despise, my person degrade and my temper chastise; and the pen is my terror, the pencil my shame; and my talents I bury, and dead is my fame.

Category: Despair

If the Sun and Moon should ever doubt, they'd immediately go out.

Category: Doubt

The foundation of empire is art and science. Remove them or degrade them, and the empire is no more. Empire follows art and not vice versa as Englishmen suppose.

Category: Empire

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

Category: Enemies

Energy is an eternal delight, and he who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence.

Category: Energy

To see the world in a grain of sand, and to see heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hands, and eternity in an hour.

Category: Eternity

Eternity is in love with the productions of time.

Category: Eternity

The road to excess leads to the palace of wisdom.

Category: Excess

The strongest poison ever known came from Caesar's laurel crown.

Category: Fame

To create a little flower is the labor of ages.

Category: Flowers

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

Category: Fools And Foolishness

Thy friendship oft has made my heart to ache; do be my enemy for friendship's sake.

Category: Friends And Friendship