Quotations : William Blake


True superstition is ignorant honesty & this is beloved of god and man.

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Forgiveness of enemies can only come upon their repentance.

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Active Evil is better than Passive Good.

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There can be no Good Will. Will is always Evil; it is persecution to others or selfishness.

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If a thing loves, it is infinite.

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Reason, or the ratio of all we have already known, is not the same that it shall be when we know more.

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The true method of knowledge is experiment.

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

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How do you know but ev'ry Bird that cuts the airy way,
Is an immense world of delight, clos'd by your senses five?

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Drive your cart and your plow over the bones of the dead.

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The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.

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He who desires but acts not, breeds pestilence.

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If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise.

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The lust of the goat is the bounty of God.

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What is now proved was once only imagin'd.

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Always be ready to speak your mind, and a base man will avoid you.

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Every thing possible to be believ'd is an image of truth.

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The eagle never lost so much time as when he submitted to learn of the crow.

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The fox provides for himself, but God provides for the lion.

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He who has suffer'd you to impose on him, knows you.

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

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

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If others had not been foolish, we should be so.

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As the catterpiller chooses the fairest leaves to lay her eggs on, so the priest lays his curse on the fairest joys.

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Damn braces: Bless relaxes.

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Exuberance is Beauty.

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Improvement makes strait roads; but the crooked roads without improvement are roads of Genius.

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Sooner murder an infant in its cradle than nurse unacted desires.

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Truth can never be told so as to be understood, and not be believ'd.

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The voice of honest indignation is the voice of God.

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

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Jesus was all virtue, and acted from impulse, not from rules.

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The Man who pretends to be a modest enquirer into the truth of a self evident thing is a Knave.

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When a Man has Married a Wife he finds out whether
Her Knees & elbows are only glued together

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If you have form'd a Circle to go into,
Go into it yourself & see how you would do.