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Quotes by william blake - (72 quotes)

William Blake - From the Ambition category:

No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Art category:

Art can never exist without Naked Beauty display'd. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Beauty category:

Exuberance is beauty. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Belief category:

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

William Blake - From the Colour category:

Colouring does not depend on where the colours are put, but on where the lights and darks are put, and all depends on form and outline, on where that is put. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Commerce category:

When nations grow old, the arts grow cold and commerce settles on every tree. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Contrasts category:

Without contraries is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Copying category:

The difference between a bad artist and a good one is the bad artist seems to copy a great deal; the good one really does. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Courage category:

The weak in courage is strong in cunning. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Creativity category:

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

William Blake - From the Criticism category:

To my eye Rubens' colouring is most contemptible. His shadows are a filthy brown somewhat the colour of excrement. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Critics category:

And because I am happy and dance and sing, / They think they have done me no injury. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Culture category:

Poetry fettered fetters the human race. Nations are destroyed, or flourish, in proportion as their poetry, painting, and music are destroyed or flourish! (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Danger category:

Tiger, tiger burning bright, / In the forests of the night, / What immortal hand or eye, / Could frame thy fearful symmetry. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Desire category:

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

William Blake - From the Doubt category:

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

William Blake - From the Dreams category:

The man who never in his mind and thoughts travel'd to heaven is no artist. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Drunkenness category:

All pictures that's painted with sense and with thought / Are painted by madmen as sure as a groat; / For the greater the fool in the pencil more blest, / And when they are drunk they always paint best. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Earth category:

O Earth O Earth return! / Arise from out the dewy grass /...Earth rais'd up her head, / From the darkness dread & drear / ...her locks cover'd with grey despair. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Emotion category:

Excessive sorrow laughs. Excessive joy weeps. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Energy category:

Energy is an eternal delight. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Enthusiasm category:

Mere enthusiasm is the all in all... / Passion and expression are beauty itself. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Experiments category:

The true method of knowledge is experiment. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Friendship category:

Opposition is true friendship. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Friendship category:

The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Frustration category:

You throw the sand against the wind / And the wind blows it back again. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Fun category:

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. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Genius category:

Ages are All Equal. / But Genius is Always Above The Age. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Genius category:

Improvement makes straight roads; but the crooked roads without improvement are roads of genius. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Goodness category:

All wholesome food is caught without a net or trap. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Gratitude category:

The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Greatness category:

Great things are done when men and mountains meet. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Growth category:

In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Happiness category:

When the green woods laugh with the voice of joy. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Harmony category:

Harmony of colouring is destructive of art... it is like the smile of a fool. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Imagination category:

What is now proved was once only imagined. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Imagination category:

Imagination is the real and eternal world of which this vegetable universe is but a faint shadow. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Innocence category:

Innocence dwells in Wisdom, but never with Ignorance. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Invention category:

Invention depends altogether upon execution or organization; as that is right or wrong so is the invention perfect or imperfect. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Joy category:

And I made a rural pen, / And I stained the water clear, / And I wrote my happy songs / Every child my joy to hear. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Joy category:

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. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Life category:

For everything that lives is holy, life delights in life. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Light category:

He whose face gives no light, shall never become a star. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Love category:

If a thing loves, it is infinite. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Money category:

Where any view of money exists, art cannot be carried on. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Money category:

To the eyes of a miser a guinea is more beautiful than the sun, and a bag worn with the use of money has more beautiful proportions than a vine filled with grapes. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Morality category:

Prudence is a rich, ugly, old maid courted by incapacity. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Nature category:

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 by these I shall not regulate my proportions; and some scarce see Nature at all. But to the Eyes of the Man of Imagination, Nature is Imagination itself. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Nudes category:

The nakedness of woman is the work of God. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Perception category:

If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things through narrow chinks of his cavern. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Persistence category:

If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Pleasure category:

The soul of sweet delight, can never be defiled. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Production category:

Works of Art can only be produc'd in Perfection where the Man is either in Affluence or is Above the Care of it. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Questions category:

What has reasoning to do with painting? (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Religion category:

The reason Milton wrote in fetters when he wrote of Angels and God, and at liberty when of Devils and Hell, is because he was a true poet and of the Devil's party without knowing it. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Religion category:

The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Repose category:

Travelers repose and dream among my leaves. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Routine category:

Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Sadness category:

Can I see another's woe, and not be in sorrow, too? Can I see another's grief, and not seek for kind relief? (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Seeing category:

To see a world in a grain of sand / And a heaven in a wild flower, / Hold infinity in the palm of your hand / And eternity in an hour. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Seeing category:

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

William Blake - From the Solitude category:

Every thing that lives / Lives not alone nor for itself. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Thought category:

One thought fills immensity. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Time category:

Eternity is in love with the creations of time. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Time category:

The hours of folly are measured by the clock; but of wisdom, no clock can measure. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Truth category:

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. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Truth category:

A truth that's told with bad intent / Beats all the lies you can invent. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Vision category:

The eye altering, alters all. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Wisdom category:

A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Wisdom category:

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom; for we never know what is enough until we know what is more than enough. (William Blake)

William Blake - From the Work category:

-The Marriage of Heaven and Hell...
To create a little flower is the labour of ages. (William Blake)

William Blake Richmond - From the Profession category:

Cezanne mistook his vocation. He should have been a butcher. (William Blake Richmond)