Words matter. These are the best William Blake Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
Energy is an eternal delight, and he who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence.
If a thing loves, it is infinite.
Christ’s crucifix shall be made an excuse for executing criminals.
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.
For everything that lives is holy, life delights in life.
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.
A truth that’s told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent.
What is now proved was once only imagined.
To generalize is to be an idiot.
Always be ready to speak your mind, and a base man will avoid you.
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.
In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.
He whose face gives no light, shall never become a star.
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.
The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.
The weak in courage is strong in cunning.
Eternity is in love with the productions of time.
The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.
Can I see another’s woe, and not be in sorrow too? Can I see another’s grief, and not seek for kind relief?
If the Sun and Moon should ever doubt, they’d immediately go out.
The hours of folly are measured by the clock; but of wisdom, no clock can measure.
He who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence.
What is the price of experience? Do men buy it for a song? Or wisdom for a dance in the street? No, it is bought with the price of all the man hath, his house, his wife, his children.
Great things are done when men and mountains meet.
When a sinister person means to be your enemy, they always start by trying to become your friend.
Active Evil is better than Passive Good.
It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
The man who never alters his opinions is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.
What is a wife and what is a harlot? What is a church and what is a theatre? are they two and not one? Can they exist separate? Are not religion and politics the same thing? Brotherhood is religion. O demonstrations of reason dividing families in cruelty and pride!
The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.
The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.
Lives in eternity’s sun rise.
Travelers repose and dream among my leaves.
Imagination is the real and eternal world of which this vegetable universe is but a faint shadow.
Fun I love, but too much fun is of all things the most loathsome. Mirth is better than fun, and happiness is better than mirth.
The man who never in his mind and thoughts travel’d to heaven is no artist.
Without contraries is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence.
Excessive sorrow laughs. Excessive joy weeps.
Where mercy, love, and pity dwell, there God is dwelling too.
Both read the Bible day and night, but thou read black where I read white.
I have no name: I am but two days old. What shall I call thee? I happy am, Joy is my name. Sweet joy befall thee!
As a man is, so he sees. As the eye is formed, such are its powers.
Man has no Body distinct from his Soul; for that called Body is a portion of Soul discerned by the five Senses, the chief inlets of Soul in this age.
Exuberance is beauty.
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.
Active Evil is better than Passive Good.
Prisons are built with stones of Law. Brothels with the bricks of religion.
The true method of knowledge is experiment.
Art is the tree of life. Science is the tree of death.
No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.
I am in you and you in me, mutual in divine love.
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.
I must create a system or be enslaved by another mans; I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.
Do what you will, this world’s a fiction and is made up of contradiction.
You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough.