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Quotes of the Day for 13 June 2002 – W. B. Yeats

The Irish poet and dramatist William Butler Yeats was born at Dublin, Ireland on this day in 1865. He published his first poem by age 20, was fascinated by the occult, researched Irish folktales and other elements of Celtic myth and fable, and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923. Here are a few choice selections.

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The quotes:

Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry.

Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.

It is so many years before one can believe enough in what one feels even to know what the feeling is.

O what fine thought we had because we thought that the worst rogues and rascals had died out.

Think where man's glory most begins and ends, And say my glory was I had such friends.
     - Today's quotes are all from William Butler Yeats, 1865 - 1939


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