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.
It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
A truth that's told with bad intent
Beats all the lies you can invent.
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.
Those who restrain desire do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained.
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.
The imagination is not a state: it is the human existence itself.
I must create a system, or be enslaved by another man's. I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.
The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.
The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.
My mother groaned, my father wept,
into the dangerous world I leapt.
Truth can never be told so as to be understood and not be believed.
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.
Prisons are built with stones of Law, brothels with bricks of Religion.
note to myself:- I must buy some of the books that nearly all the quotes are drawn from - Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience, and The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
Born 28 November 1757 in Soho, London, died 12 August 1827, 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. His visual artistry led one critic to proclaim him "far and away the greatest artist Britain has ever produced"
Genius or Madman ? Artist or Poet ? The first Designer ? Who can say ……
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