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Quotes of the day: William Blake

Published Thursday, November 27, 2014 @ 8:22 PM EST
Nov 27 2014

William Blake (November 28, 1757 - August 12, 1827) was an English poet, painter and printmaker. Largely unrecognized during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. His prophetic poetry has been said to form "what is in proportion to its merits the least read body of poetry in the English language". His visual artistry led one contemporary art critic to proclaim him "far and away the greatest artist Britain has ever produced". In 2002, Blake was placed at number 38 in the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons. Although he lived in London his entire life (except for three years spent in Felpham), he produced a diverse and symbolically rich corpus, which embraced the imagination as "the body of God" or "human existence itself." (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


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

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

Active Evil is better than Passive Good.

As a man is, so he sees. As the eye is formed, such are its powers.

Christianity is art and not money. Money is its curse.

Empires flourish till they become commercial and then they are scattered abroad to the four winds.

Every harlot was a virgin once.

Every thing that lives
Lives not alone nor for itself.

First God Almighty comes with a Thump on the Head. Then Jesus Christ comes with a balm to heal it.

Forgiveness of enemies can only come upon their repentance.

He who desires but acts not, breeds pestilence.

He whose face gives no light shall never become a star.

I must create a system or be enslaved by another man's; I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.

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

Improvement makes straight roads; but the crooked roads without improvement are roads of genius.

Nothing can be more contemptible than to suppose public records to be true.

O God, protect me from my friends, that they have not power over me. Thou hast given me power to protect myself from thy bitterest enemies.

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

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

Some are born to sweet delight. Some are born to endless night.

The Goddess Fortune is the devils servant ready to Kiss any ones Arse.

The hours of folly are measur'd by the clock, but of wisdom no clock can measure.

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

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.

The true method of knowledge is experiment.

The weak in courage is strong in cunning.

To generalize is to be an Idiot. To particularize is the alone distinction of merit- general knowledges are those knowledges that idiots possess.

Truth can never be told so as to be understood, and not be believed.

What is grand is necessarily obscure to weak men. That which can be made explicit to the idiot is not worth my care.

When I tell any truth it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it but for the sake of defending those who do.

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

Without contraries there is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate are necessary to human existence.

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

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