William Blake

William Blake
William Blake
  • Born: November 28, 1757
  • Died: August 12, 1827
  • Nationality: English
  • Profession: Poet









William Blake was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. What he called his prophetic works were said by 20th-century critic Northrop Frye to form "what is in proportion to its merits the least read body of poetry in the English language". His visual artistry led 21st-century critic Jonathan Jones 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. While he lived in London his entire life, except for three years spent in Felpham, he produced a diverse and symbolically rich œuvre, which embraced the imagination as "the body of God" or "human existence itself".

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And did the Countenance Divine Shine forth upon our clouded hills? And was Jerusalem builded here Among these dark Satanic mills? Miscellaneous
Are not Religion & Politics the Same Thing? Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Christ’s crucifix shall be made an excuse for executing criminals. Capital Punishment, Dealth Penalty & State Execution
Every night and every morn Some to misery are born; Every morn and every night Some are born to sweet delight. History
One Law for the Lion and the Ox is oppression. Miscellaneous
Prisons are built with stones of Law, brothels with bricks of Religion. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The Merchants are rich enough. Cannot they help themselves. Business, Commerce & Finance
The priest promotes war, and the soldier peace. War & Peace
The strongest poison ever found Came from Caesar's laurel crown. Human Nature
To generalize is to be an idiot. Human Nature
What is now proved was once only imagined. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
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. Truth
Active Evil is better than Passive Good.
Always be ready to speak your mind, and a base man will avoid you.
Art can never exist without naked beauty displayed. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Art is the tree of life. Science is the tree of death. Life ;Death ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
As a man is, so he sees. As the eye is formed, such are its powers.
Both read the Bible day and night, but thou read black where I read white.
Can I see another's woe, and not be in sorrow too? Can I see another's grief, and not seek for kind relief?
Christ's crucifix shall be made an excuse for executing criminals.
Energy is an eternal delight, and he who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence.
Eternity is in love with the productions of time. Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Every harlot was a virgin once.
Excessive sorrow laughs. Excessive joy weeps. Sympathy
Exuberance is beauty.
For everything that lives is holy, life delights in life. Life
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Happiness & Unhappiness
Great things are done when men and mountains meet.
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. Life
He who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence.
He who would do good to another must do it in Minute Particulars: general Good is the plea of the scoundrel, hypocrite, and flatterer, for Art and Science cannot exist but in minutely organized Particulars. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
He whose face gives no light, shall never become a star.
I am in you and you in me, mutual in divine love. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Romantic
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!
I must create a system or be enslaved by another mans; I will not reason and compare: my business is to create. Business, Commerce & Finance
I was angry with my friend: I told my wrath, my wrath did end. I was angry with my foe: I told it not, my wrath did grow.
If a thing loves, it is infinite.
If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.
If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise.
If the Sun and Moon should ever doubt, they'd immediately go out.
Imagination is the real and eternal world of which this vegetable universe is but a faint shadow.
In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy. Time
It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
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. Religion & God
Lives in eternity's sun rise.
Love seeketh not itself to please, nor for itself hath any care, but for another gives its ease, and builds a Heaven in Hell's despair. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Love to faults is always blind, always is to joy inclined. Lawless, winged, and unconfined, and breaks all chains from every mind. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
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.
No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings. Motivation
One thought fills immensity. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
Opposition is true friendship. Friendship
Poetry fettered, fetters the human race. Nations are destroyed or flourish in proportion as their poetry, painting, and music are destroyed or flourish. Music, Chants & Rapps ;Literature, Writers & Writing
Prisons are built with stones of Law. Brothels with the bricks of religion. Religion & God
Prudence is a rich, ugly, old maid courted by incapacity.
That the Jews assumed a right exclusively to the benefits of God will be a lasting witness against them and the same will it be against Christians. Religion & God
The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship. Friendship
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.
The eye altering, alters all.
The fool who persists in his folly will become wise.
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. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness. Religion & God
The hours of folly are measured by the clock; but of wisdom, no clock can measure.
The man who never in his mind and thoughts travel'd to heaven is no artist.
The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.
The soul of sweet delight, can never be defiled.
The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.
The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.
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. Nature
The true method of knowledge is experiment. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The weak in courage is strong in cunning.
Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night. Morning
Those who restrain their desires, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained.
To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower Hold infinity in the palms of your hand and eternity in an hour.
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. Money, Coins & Minting
Travelers repose and dream among my leaves. Travel
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. Money, Coins & Minting
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! Religion & God ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
What is grand is necessarily obscure to weak men. That which can be made explicit to the idiot is not worth my care.
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.
When a sinister person means to be your enemy, they always start by trying to become your friend.
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.
Without contraries is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
You cannot have Liberty in this world without what you call Moral Virtue, and you cannot have Moral Virtue without the slavery of that half of the human race who hate what you call Moral Virtue.
You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough.