William Blake

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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

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William Blake #Age

Photo of 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 #Art #Beauty

Photo of William Blake Art can never exist without naked beauty displayed.
William Blake #Art #Death #Science

Photo of William Blake Art is the tree of life. Science is the tree of death.
William Blake #Beauty

Photo of William Blake Exuberance is beauty.
William Blake #Imagination

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

Photo of 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 #Courage

Photo of William Blake The weak in courage is strong in cunning.
William Blake #Art #Good #Science

Photo of William Blake 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

Photo of 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 #Forgiveness

Photo of William Blake It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
William Blake #Forgiveness #Religion

Photo of William Blake The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.
William Blake #Friendship

Photo of William Blake The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.
William Blake #Friendship

Photo of William Blake Opposition is true friendship.
William Blake #God

Photo of William Blake Where mercy, love, and pity dwell, there God is dwelling too.
William Blake #Good

Photo of William Blake Active Evil is better than Passive Good.
William Blake #Great #Men

Photo of William Blake Great things are done when men and mountains meet.
William Blake #Great

Photo of 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 #Happiness

Photo of 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 #Knowledge

Photo of William Blake The true method of knowledge is experiment.
William Blake #Life

Photo of 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 #Love

Photo of 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 #Men

Photo of 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 #Money

Photo of William Blake 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

Photo of William Blake Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.
William Blake #Music #Poetry

Photo of 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.