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. His prophetic poetry has been said to form "what is in proportion to its merits the least read body of poetry in the English language". His visual artistry led one contemporary art critic 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. Although 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, ... More
William Blake Quotes
William Blake #Age
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 #Art #Beauty
Art can never exist without naked beauty displayed.
William Blake #Art #Death #Science
Art is the tree of life. Science is the tree of death.
William Blake #Beauty
Exuberance is beauty.
William Blake #Imagination
Imagination is the real and eternal world of which this vegetable universe is but a faint shadow.
William Blake #Business
I must create a system or be enslaved by another mans I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.
William Blake #Courage
The weak in courage is strong in cunning.
William Blake #Art #Good #Science
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.
William Blake #Experience #Men #Wisdom
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 #Forgiveness
It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
William Blake #Forgiveness #Religion
The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.
William Blake #Friendship
The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.
William Blake #Friendship
Opposition is true friendship.
William Blake #God
Where mercy, love, and pity dwell, there God is dwelling too.
William Blake #Good
Active Evil is better than Passive Good.
William Blake #Great #Men
Great things are done when men and mountains meet.
William Blake #Great
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 #Happiness
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 #Knowledge
The true method of knowledge is experiment.
William Blake #Life
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 #Love
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 #Men
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 #Money
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.
William Blake #Morning
Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.
William Blake #Music #Poetry
Poetry fettered, fetters the human race. Nations are destroyed or flourish in proportion as their poetry, painting, and music are destroyed or flourish.