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236 Inspiring Quotes by William Blake

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Wikipedia Summary for William Blake

William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827) 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".

Although Blake was considered mad by contemporaries for his idiosyncratic views, he is held in high regard by later critics for his expressiveness and creativity, and for the philosophical and mystical undercurrents within his work. His paintings and poetry have been characterised as part of the Romantic movement and as "Pre-Romantic". A committed Christian who was hostile to the Church of England (indeed, to almost all forms of organised religion), Blake was influenced by the ideals and ambitions of the French and American revolutions. Though later he rejected many of these political beliefs, he maintained an amiable relationship with the political activist Thomas Paine; he was also influenced by thinkers such as Emanuel Swedenborg. Despite these known influences, the singularity of Blake's work makes him difficult to classify. The 19th-century scholar William Michael Rossetti characterised him as a "glorious luminary", and "a man not forestalled by predecessors, nor to be classed with contemporaries, nor to be replaced by known or readily surmisable successors".

two women lying on hammock

The fox provides for himself, but God provides for the lion.

--William Blake

selective photography of dried leaf

If the lion was advised by the fox, he would be cunning.

--William Blake

pink tree

If a thing loves, it is infinite.

--William Blake

empty road towards mountains

Tools were made and born were hands, Every farmer understands.

--William Blake

grayscale photo of elephant on grass field

The cistern contains: The fountain overflows.

--William Blake

photo of underwater

Every object that is loved forms the center of a paradise.

--William Blake

white

The worship of God is, Honouring his gifts in other men each according to his genius, and loving the greatest men best; those who envy or calumniate great men hate God, for there is no other God.

--William Blake

None

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

yellow sunflower under blue sky during daytime

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

--William Blake

wormeye view photo of milky way

Innate ideas are in every man, born with him; they are truly himself. The man who says that we have no innate ideas must be a fool and knave, having no conscience or innate science.

--William Blake

orange flowers

Such, such were the joys
When we all, girls and boys,
In our youth time were seen
On the Echoing Green.

--William Blake

woman in blue denim jacket and black pants standing beside train

It is an easy thing to talk of patience to the afflicted.

--William Blake

blue sky with stars during night time

How do you know but ev'ry Bird that cuts the airy way, Is an immense world of delight, clos'd by your senses five?

--William Blake

swimming pool with stainless steel ladder

How have you left the ancient love That bards of old enjoyed in you! The languid strings do scarcely move! The sound is forced, the notes are few!

--William Blake

flock of birds flying under blue sky during daytime

The best wine is the oldest, the best water the newest.

--William Blake

woman doing yoga on rock platform next to body of water

When my mother died I was very young, And my father sold me while yet my tongue Could scarcely cry weep weep weep weep. So your chimneys I sweep, and in soot I sleep.

--William Blake

gray wooden house on green plains near mountain range at daytime

Poetry fettered, fetters the human race.

--William Blake

Longer Version:

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


sliced lemon on pink surface

Listen to the fool's reproach! It is a kingly title!

--William Blake

Arizona landscape

Every harlot was a virgin once.

--William Blake


four orange, green, blue, and red paint rollers

The cut worm forgives the plow.

--William Blake

brown mountains under blue sky

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

--William Blake

woman in black tank top

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.

--William Blake

blue painted wall with white paint

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 alone.

--William Blake

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

Time is the mercy of Eternity; without Time's swiftness Which is the swiftest of all things, all were eternal torment.

--William Blake

green leaf tree on shore

He who replies to words of doubt
doth put the light of knowledge out.

--William Blake

person in black shoes standing on gray concrete floor

This life's dim windows of the soul Distorts the heavens from pole to pole And leads you to believe a lie When you see with, not through, the eye.

--William Blake

clear glass hour glass with black liquid

He who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence.

--William Blake

silhouette of stones during golden hour

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

--William Blake

red blue yellow and red paint

Art can never exist without naked beauty displayed.

--William Blake

selective focus photography of Russian Blue cat

We are here to learn to endure the beams of love.

--William Blake

castle surrounded fog

Pride is a personal commitment. It is an attitude which separates excellence from mediocrity.

--William Blake

black textile on white background

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

boy wearing American flag print eyeglasses sticking his mouth open

Active Evil is better than Passive Good.

--William Blake

gray hummingbird

All wholesome food is caught without a net or trap.

--William Blake

four handheld gardening tools on rack

It is the greatest of crimes to depress true art and science.

--William Blake

selective focus photography of pink petaled flower

Like a fiend in a cloud,
With howling woe,
After night I do crowd,
And with night will go;
I turn my back to the east,
From whence comforts have increased;
For light doth seize my brain
With frantic pain.

--William Blake


silhouette of trees during nighttime

To Mercy, Pity, Peace and Love All pray in their distress, And to these virtues of delight Return their thankfulness.

--William Blake

Longer Version:

To Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love,
All pray in their distress:
And to these virtues of delight
Return their thankfulness.

For Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love,
Is God, our father dear:
And Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love,
Is Man, his child and care.

For Mercy has a human heart,
Pity, a human face:
And Love, the human form divine,
And Peace, the human dress.

Then every man of every clime,
That prays in his distress,
Prays to the human form divine,
Love, Mercy, Pity, Peace.

And all must love the human form,
In heathen, Turk, or Jew.
Where Mercy, Love, and Pity dwell,
There God is dwelling too.


white pampas grasses near body of water at daytime

How can a bird that is born for joy Sit in a cage and sing?

--William Blake

brown wooden heart shaped figurine

Great things are done when men and mountains meet.

--William Blake

Longer Version:

Great things are done when men and mountains meet; This is not done by jostling in the street.


body of water

Where lambs have nibbled, silent moves the feet of angels bright; unseen they pour blessing, and joy without ceasing, on each bud and blossom, and each sleeping bosom.

--William Blake

sunset

Where cheating is, there's mischief there.

--William Blake

men's white dress shirt

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.

--William Blake


blue, white, and pink petaled flowers on gray surface

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

silhouette of person on top of mountain pointing flashlight on sky filled with stars at night time

The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.

--William Blake

blue white and red flag

Shame is pride's cloak.

--William Blake

clear wine glass with red wine

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

Longer Version:

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.

And I water'd it in fears,
Night and morning with my tears;
And I sunnéd it with smiles
And with soft deceitful wiles.

And it grew both day and night,
Till it bore an apple bright;
And my foe beheld it shine,
And he knew that it was mine,

And into my garden stole,
When the night had veil'd the pole:
In the morning glad I see
My foe outstretch'd beneath the tree.


adult black and white dog leaning on wooden fence

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

--William Blake

green ceramic mug beside book

Hindsight is a wonderful thing but foresight is better, especially when it comes to saving life, or some pain!

--William Blake

pink and white flowers in tilt shift lens

Expect poison from the standing water.

--William Blake

grayscale photo of pug on floor

A robin redbreast in a cage
Puts all heaven in a rage.

--William Blake

shallow focus photography of person raising hand

Joy and woe are woven fine.

--William Blake

green and white bird on black wire during daytime

My work is visionary or imaginative. That which can be made explicit to the idiot is not worth my care.

--William Blake

woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

Forgive what you do not approve and love me for this energetic exertion of my talent.

--William Blake


yellow labrador retriever puppy sitting on floor

The ruins of time build mansions in eternity.

--William Blake

shooting star in night sky

How sweet I roamed from field to field, and tasted all the summer's pride.

--William Blake

person wearing round black analog watch at 9:46

Death is terrible, tho' borne on angels' wings!

--William Blake

None

The modest Rose puts forth a thorn,The humble sheep a threat'ning horn:While the Lily white shall in love delight,Nor a thorn nor a threat stain her beauty bright.

--William Blake

landscape photo of mountain during nighttime

All the destruction in Christian Europe has arisen from deism, which is natural religion.

--William Blake

time lapse photography body of water

Now hear a plain fact: Swedenborg has not written one new truth. Now hear another: he has written all the old falsehoods.

--William Blake


brown chopped logs

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

--William Blake

man in black jacket and pants jumping on white rock

And throughout all eternity, I forgive you and you forgive me.

--William Blake

Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah

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

Longer Version:

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.
A robin redbreast in a cage
Puts all heaven in a rage.
A dove-house filled with doves and pigeons
Shudders hell through all its regions.


aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

Abstinence sows sand all over The ruddy limbs and flaming hair, But desire gratified Plants fruits of life and beauty there.

--William Blake

snow covered mountain during daytime

To some people a tree is something so incredibly beautiful that it brings tears to the eyes. To others it is just a green thing that stands in the way.

--William Blake

sunset forest

Does a firm persuasion that a thing is so, make it so?

--William Blake


silhouette of woman hugging mna under starry night sky

Then the Parson might preach, and drink, and sing, And we'd be as happy as birds in the spring; And modest dame Lurch, who is always at Church, Would not have bandy children, nor fasting, nor birch.

--William Blake

body of water near mountains

To generalize is to be an idiot.

--William Blake

Longer Version:

To generalize is to be an idiot. To particularize is the alone distinction of merit. General knowledge are those knowledge that idiots possess.


brown and gray mountains during daytime

To the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.

--William Blake

four orange, green, blue, and red paint rollers

Energy is an eternal delight.

--William Blake

Longer Version:

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


rock formation in body of water

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.

--William Blake

brown and black leaf in close up photography

No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.

--William Blake

pink flowers in vase

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

black textile in close up photography

The apple tree never asks the beech how he shall grow, nor the lion, the horse, how he shall take his prey.

--William Blake



person holding brown sand close-up photography

In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.

--William Blake

woman doing yoga on rock platform next to body of water

My silks and fine array, My smiles and languished air, By love are driv'n away And mournful lean Despair Brings me yew to deck my grave: Such end true lovers have.

--William Blake

adult black and white dog leaning on wooden fence

The child's toys and the old man's reasons are the fruits of two seasons.

--William Blake

woman standing on sunflower field

Enlightenment means taking full responsibility for your life.

--William Blake

orange rose in bloom close up photo

The world of imagination is the world of eternity. It is the divine bosom into which we shall all go after death of the vegetative body.

--William Blake


brown and gray mountains during daytime

The strongest poison ever known came from Caesar's laurel crown.

--William Blake

a man walks alone in the haze

The countless gold of a merry heart, The rubies and pearls of a loving eye, The indolent never can bring to the mart, Nor the secret hoard up in his treasury.

--William Blake

mountains under white clouds at daytime

Did he who made the lamb make thee?

--William Blake


blue textile on brown wooden table

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

macro photography of green bird on tree branch

Imitation is criticism.

--William Blake

long exposure photography of beach

Without minute neatness of execution, the sublime cannot exist! Grandeur of ideas is founded on precision of ideas.

--William Blake


silhouette of three men falling in line while walking during golden hour

Dip him in the river who loves water.

--William Blake

body of water near mountains

Lives in eternity's sun rise.

--William Blake

brown, black, and white butterfly on purple petaled flower photo

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

--William Blake

brown and white dog in close-up photography

Each man is haunted until his humanity awakens.

--William Blake

silhouette photo of couple standing on beach watching sunset

The Angel that presided o'er my birth Said, 'Little creature, formed of joy and mirth, Go love without the help of any thing on earth'.

--William Blake

sand

When the sun rises, do you not see a round disc of fire somewhat like a guinea? O no, no, I see an innumerable company of the heavenly host crying Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty.

--William Blake

brown and grey trees and rock formation painting

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

--William Blake

pink and blue sky with moon

I have mental joys and mental health, Mental friends and mental wealth, I've a wife that I love and that loves me; I've all but riches bodily.

--William Blake

white and yellow flower in close up photography

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

Longer Version:

Can I see anothers woe,
And not be in sorrow too.
Can I see anothers grief,
And not seek for kind relief.

Can I see a falling tear.
And not feel my sorrows share,
Can a father see his child,
Weep, nor be with sorrow fill'd.

Can a mother sit and hear,
An infant groan, an infant fear-
No no never can it be,
Never, never can it be.

- On Anothers Sorrow.


brown french bulldog wearing red and white santa hat sitting on yellow pasta

I see through my eyes, not with them.

--William Blake

focus photography of chick on gray ground

Every tear from every eyeBecomes a babe in eternity.

--William Blake

snow-capped mountain at the horizon viewed from lake dock

The vision of Christ that thou dost see Is my vision's greatest enemy.

--William Blake

grass field under cloudy sky

The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.

--William Blake

black bird flying under white clouds during daytime

I see the Past, Present and Future existing all at once Before me.

--William Blake

black and white photo of woman looking upward

The fox condemns the trap, not himself.

--William Blake

close-up photography of heart shaped fairy lite on brown sand

When the doors of perception are cleansed, men will see things as they truly are, infinite.

--William Blake

shallow focus photography of bee on flower

The moon, like a flower In heaven's high bower, With silent delight Sits and smiles on the night.

--William Blake

Blue to purple gradient

Nothing can be more contemptible than to suppose Public Records to be true.

--William Blake

brown grass field under blue sky and white clouds during daytime

God appears, and God is Light, to those poor souls who dwell in Night; but does a Human Form display to those who dwell in realms of Day.

--William Blake

selective-focus photograph of gray bird on tree branch

I'm sure this Jesus will not do Either for Englishman or Jew.

--William Blake

plain background

But most thro' midnight streets I hear
How the youthful Harlots curse
Blasts the new-born Infants tear
And blights with plagues the Marriage hearse.

--William Blake

white petaled flower bloom during daytime

The busy bee has no time for sorrow.

--William Blake

man in black and white striped shirt sitting on brown rock during daytime

Nothing is real beyond imaginative patterns men make of reality.

--William Blake

black Corona typewriter on brown wood planks

A good local pub has much in common with a church, except that a pub is warmer, and there's more conversation.

--William Blake

brown and black butterfly on pink flower

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

leafless tree under gray sky

I rest not from my great task! | To open the Eternal Worlds, | to open the immortal Eyes of Man | Inwards into the Worlds of Thought; | Into eternity, ever expanding | In the Bosom of God, | The Human Imagination.

--William Blake

forest near mountain alps

If others had not been foolish, we should be so.

--William Blake

sunset

The lamb misused breeds public strife
And yet forgives the butcher's knife.

--William Blake

silhouette photo of couple standing on beach watching sunset

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

blue and white abstract painting

Cruelty has a human heart, And Jealousy a human face; Terror the human form divine, And Secrecy the human dress.

--William Blake


grayscale photo of pug on floor

Mechanical excellence is the only vehicle of genius.

--William Blake

empty gray floor beside pool

Excuse my enthusiasm or rather madness, for I am really drunk with intellectual vision whenever I take a pencil or graver into my hand.

--William Blake

woman in white and black stripe long sleeve shirt standing beside brown concrete building during daytime

Every wolf's and lion's howl
Raises from Hell a human soul.

--William Blake

white satellite dish under starry night

Make your own rules or be a slave to another man's.

--William Blake

yellow textile

If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern.

--William Blake

brown, black, and white butterfly on purple petaled flower photo

The crow wished everything was black, the Owl, that everything was white.

--William Blake

sunset

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

--William Blake

smiling woman

Improvement makes strait roads, but the crooked roads without Improvement, are roads of Genius.

--William Blake

white and blue floral textile

He who loves his enemies betrays his friends; this surely is not what Jesus meant.

--William Blake

Dark purple to red to orange gradient

O Rose, thou art sick.
The invisible worm
That flies in the night
In the howling storm
Has found out thy bed
Of crimson joy,
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.

--William Blake

mountains under white mist at daytime

Kill not the moth nor butterfly, For the Last Judgement draweth nigh.

--William Blake

Oak Creek Sedona

Nature has no outline. Imagination has.

--William Blake

brown mountain

O why was I born with a different face? Why was I not born like the rest of my race?

--William Blake

blue textile on brown wooden table

What seems to be, is, to those to whom it seems to be, and is productive of the most dreadful consequences to those to whom it seems to be, even of torments, despair, eternal death.

--William Blake

sunset forest

I am in you and you in me, mutual in divine love.

--William Blake

None

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

silhouette of hugging couple

The generations of men run on in the tide of time, but leave their destined lineaments permanent for ever and ever.

--William Blake

pink flower

Enthusiastic Admiration is the first Principle of Knowledge and its last.

--William Blake

grayscale photo of pug on floor

All that we saw was owing to your metaphysics.

--William Blake

photo of underwater

A skylark wounded in the wing, A cherubim does cease to sing.

--William Blake

scenery of aurora

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

--William Blake

white clouds and blue sky during daytime

Since all the riches of this world
May be gifts from the Devil and earthly kings,
I should suspect that I worshipp'd the Devil
If I thank'd my God for worldly things.

--William Blake

grayscale photography of mountain surrounded by trees

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

--William Blake

black and white photo of woman looking upward

Without contraries there is no progression.

--William Blake

Longer Version:

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



pink and blue sky with moon

But to go to school in a summer morn, O! It drives all joy away; Under a cruel eye outworn, The little ones spend the day In sighing and dismay.

--William Blake

white Starbuck plastic cup on brown fabric armchair

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

--William Blake

white Starbuck plastic cup on brown fabric armchair

Man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern.

--William Blake

green leafed tree on body of water under starry sky

You've always had the power right there in your shoes, you just had to learn it for yourself.

--William Blake

three person looking stars and milky way

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

--William Blake

jellyfish under water photo

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.

--William Blake

black wooden door near green plant

And I watered it in fears, Night and morning with my tears; And I sunned it with smiles, And with soft deceitful wiles.

--William Blake



two white flowers

I heard an Angel singing; When the day was springing, Mercy, Pity, Peace; Is the world's release.

--William Blake

white analog wall clock at 11 00

And we are put on earth a little space, That we may learn to bear the beams of love.

--William Blake

shallow focus photography of person raising hand

You become what you behold.

--William Blake

brown and white abstract painting

Angels are happier than men and devils, because they are not always prying after good and evil in one another, and eating the tree of knowledge for Satan's gratification.

--William Blake


yellow tulip flowers

Those who restrain desire do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained.

--William Blake

bird at pier

Mere enthusiasm is the all in all.

--William Blake

Longer Version:

Mere enthusiasm is the all in all... Passion and expression are beauty itself.


man riding on boat on body of water

Wisdom is sold in a desolate marketplace where none can come to buy.

--William Blake

A stack of thick folders on a white surface

The pride of the peacock is the glory of God.

--William Blake

Longer Version:

The pride of the peacock is the glory of God. The lust of the goat is the bounty of God. The wrath of the lion is the wisdom of God. The nakedness of woman is the work of God.


brown houses in front of hill under starry night

A dog starved at his master's gate Predicts the ruin of the state.

--William Blake

shallow focus photography of snowflake

Art is the Tree of Life, Science is the Tree of Death.

--William Blake

yellow sunflower

If you have form'd a circle to go into,
Go into it yourself, and see how you would do.
They said this mystery never shall cease:
The priest promotes war, and the soldier peace.

--William Blake

gray wooden house on green plains near mountain range at daytime

What is now proved was once only imagined.

--William Blake

white and purple flower in macro shot

The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.

--William Blake

black

Lo! now the direful monster, whose skin clings
To his strong bones, strides o'er the groaning rocks:
He withers all in silence, and his hand
Unclothes the earth, and freezes up frail life.

--William Blake

woman in white and multicolored floral shirt standing and smiling on yellow sunflower field

The eye altering, alters all.

--William Blake

white snow mountain

One Power alone makes a Poet: Imagination. The Divine Vision.

--William Blake

aerial photography of forest

The Man who never in his Mind and Thoughts travel'd to Heaven Is No Artist.

--William Blake

plain

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

--William Blake

black and white bird on seashore

In the universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between them, there are doors.

--William Blake

woman lying on pool

The Sick Rose O Rose, thou art sick. The invisible worm That flies in the night In the howling storm Has found out thy bed Of crimson joy, And his dark secret love Does thy life destroy.

--William Blake

man and woman holding hand while walking on bridge

Where others see but the dawn coming over the hill, I see the soul of God shouting for joy.

--William Blake


rock formation above water

A tyrant is the worst disease, and the cause of all others.

--William Blake



green leaf

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

grayscale photography of raindrops

O Winter! bar thine adamantine doors: The north is thine; there hast thou build thy dark, Deep-founded habitation. Shake not thy roofs, Nor bend thy pillars with thine iron car.

--William Blake

bare trees under blue sky

The roaring of lions, the howling of wolves, the raging of the stormy sea, and the destructive sword, are portions of eternity, too great for the eye of man.

--William Blake

woman wearing black top standing near yellow wall

Love is weak when there is more doubt than there is trust, but love is most strong when you learn to trust even with all the doubts. If a thing loves, it is infinite.

--William Blake

water drops on glass

Heaven is in a grain of sand.

--William Blake

white flowers

As the caterpillar chooses the fairest leaves to lay her eggs on, so the priest lays his curse on the fairest joys.

--William Blake

bunch of tulips flower on wooden surface

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

white smoke

All futurity seems teeming with endless destruction never to be repelled. Desperate remorse swallows the present in a quenchless rage.

--William Blake

green and blue chevron textile

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

--William Blake

person holding hourglass

I will not cease from mental fight Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand.

--William Blake

close-up photo of two men shaking hands near beach at sunset

My mother groaned, my father wept,
into the dangerous world I leapt.

--William Blake

person looking at the milkyway

What is it men in women do require: The lineaments of gratified desire. What is it women do in men require: The lineaments of gratified desire.

--William Blake

grayscale photography of elephant

The errors of a wise man make your rule rather than the perfections of a fool.

--William Blake

green trees on body of water during daytime

Sweet babe, in thy face Soft desires I can trace, Secret joys and secret smiles, Little pretty infant wiles.

--William Blake

white and gray cat

As a man is, so he sees.

--William Blake

Longer Version:

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


pink and white flower in close up photography

Thou fair-hair'd angel of the evening, Now, whilst the sun rests on the mountains, light Thy bright torch of love; thy radiant crown Put on, and smile upon our evening bed!

--William Blake


a couple holding hands with a wedding ring visible

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

--William Blake

white brick wall

The naked woman's body is a portion of eternity too great for the eye of man.

--William Blake

sunset

Does the Eagle know what is in the pit Or wilt thou go ask the Mole? Can Wisdom be put in a silver rod, Or Love in a golden bowl?

--William Blake

yellow sunflower in close up photography

But if at church they would give some ale. And a pleasant fire our souls to regale. We'd sing and we'd pray all the live long day, Nor ever once from the church to stray.

--William Blake

yellow sunflower field under blue sky during daytime

Bring me my bow of burning gold: Bring me my arrows of desire: Bring me my spear: O clouds, unfold! Bring me my chariot of fire.

--William Blake

man standing on sand while spreading arms beside calm body of water

Everything is beautiful in its own way. Exuberance is beauty.

--William Blake


silhouette of woman during sunset

When the stars threw down their spears
And watered heaven with their tears:
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?
- The Tyger.

--William Blake

landscape photography of mountains with cloudy skies during golden hour

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.

--William Blake

man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

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

milky way wallpaper

The person who does not believe in miracles surely
makes it certain that he or she will never take part in one.

--William Blake

boy wearing American flag print eyeglasses sticking his mouth open

The lust of the goat is the bounty of God.

--William Blake

water drops on glass

Energy is eternal delight.

--William Blake

black and white bird on seashore

Fiery the Angels rose, and as they rose deep thunder roll'd Around their shores, indignant burning with the fires of Orc.

--William Blake

close-up photograph of black dreadnought acoustic guitar

I cry, Love! Love! Love! happy happy Love! free as the mountain wind!

--William Blake

shallow focus photography of hand with red paint

And did those feet in ancient time Walk upon England's mountains green? And was the holy Lamb of God On England's pleasant pastures seen?

--William Blake

Longer Version:

And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England's mountains green?
And was the holy Lamb of God
On England's pleasant pastures seen?

And did the Countenance Divine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here,
Among these dark Satanic Mills?

Bring me my Bow of burning gold:
Bring me my Arrows of desire:
Bring me my Spear: O clouds unfold!
Bring me my Chariot of fire!

I will not cease from Mental Fight,
Nor shall my Sword sleep in my hand,
Till we have built Jerusalem
In England's green and pleasant Land.


black wooden door near green plant

Children of the future age Reading this indignant page Know that in a former time Love, sweet love, was thought a crime.

--William Blake

pink flower

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

--William Blake

selective focus photo of woman holding sunflower surrounded by sunflowers

He who would do good to another must do it in minute particulars.

--William Blake

Longer Version:

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.


gray and white bird on red and yellow leaves

Dip him in the river who loves water.

--William Blake

two clown fishes underwater

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

man in black and white striped shirt sitting on brown rock during daytime

Sooner strangle an infant in its cradle than nurse unacted desires.

--William Blake

Arizona landscape

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

--William Blake

brown and white wooden star print board

More! More! is the cry of a mistaken soul.

--William Blake

green and red flowers

Mutual forgiveness of each vice. Such are the Gates of Paradise.

--William Blake

photography of lake near tree

The most sublime act is to set another before you.

--William Blake

grassland landscape

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

--William Blake

saguaro

Opposition is true friendship.

--William Blake

Close-up of a white line on green grass in a soccer field

Without Unceasing Practice nothing can be done. Practice is Art. If you leave off you are lost.

--William Blake

woman standing on sunflower field

I have conversed with the spiritual Sun. I saw him on Primrose Hill.

--William Blake

crescent moon above mountain

Knowledge of ideal beauty is not to be acquired. It is born with us. Innate ideas are in every man, born with him; theyare truly himself.

--William Blake

purple and white petaled flower

She who dwells with me whom I have loved with such communion, that no place on earth can ever be solitude to me.

--William Blake


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