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Better murder an infant in its cradle than nurse an unacted desire. ...
by William Blake

Better murder an infant in its cradle than nurse an unacted desire.
- William Blake

Thy friendship oft has made my heart to ache;
do be my enemy - for friendship's sake.
- William Blake

The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.
- William Blake

No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings.
- William Blake

 

To see the world in a grain of sand,
and to see heaven in a wild flower,
hold infinity in the palm of your hands,
and eternity in an hour.
- William Blake

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

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

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It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
- William Blake

Travelers repose and dream among my leaves.
- William Blake

The fool who persists in his folly will become wise.
- William Blake

What is now proved was once only imagined.
- William Blake

Lives in eternity's sun rise.
- William Blake

Art can never exist without naked beauty displayed.
- William Blake

Those who restrain their desires, do so because theirs
is weak enough to be restrained.
- William Blake

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.
- William Blake

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

One thought fills immensity.
- William Blake

Every harlot was a virgin once.
- William Blake

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

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

If a thing loves, it is infinite.
- William Blake

Both read the Bible day and night, but thou read black where I read white.
- William Blake

The true method of knowledge is experiment.
- William Blake

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

Energy is an eternal delight, and he who desires,
but acts not, breeds pestilence.
- William Blake

Active Evil is better than Passive Good.
- William Blake

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

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

Exuberance is beauty.
- William Blake

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.
- William Blake

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

Excessive sorrow laughs.
Excessive joy weeps.
- William Blake

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

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

I am in you and you in me, mutual in divine love.
- William Blake

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

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

Art is the tree of life.
Science is the tree of death.
- William Blake

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

The eye altering, alters all.
- William Blake

I must create a system or be enslaved by another mans;
I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.
- William Blake

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

He who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence.
- William Blake

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

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.
- William Blake

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

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

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

You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough.
- William Blake

Prisons are built with stones of Law.
Brothels with the bricks of religion.
- William Blake

Eternity is in love with the productions of time.
- William Blake

The weak in courage is strong in cunning.
- William Blake

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

To generalize is to be an idiot.
- William Blake

When a sinister person means to be your enemy,
they always start by trying to become your friend.
- William Blake

Do what you will, this world's a fiction and is made up of contradiction.
- William Blake

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

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.
- William Blake

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.
- William Blake

Opposition is true friendship.
- William Blake

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.
- William Blake

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

A truth that's told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent.
- William Blake

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

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

Where mercy, love, and pity dwell, there God is dwelling too.
- William Blake

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

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!
- William Blake

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

Christ's crucifix shall be made an excuse for executing criminals.
- William Blake

If the doors of perception were cleansed everything
would appear to man as it is,
infinite.
- William Blake


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