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A collection of motivational quotes on life, passion, success, work, art and education by William Blake.

100 Inspirational Quotes By William Blake That Will Motivate You To Go For Your Goals

Quick Facts

Famous As: Painter

Born On: November 28, 1757

Died On: August 12, 1827

Born In: Soho

Died At Age: 69

William Blake was a renowned poet and print-maker from Britain. The London-born artist produced some of the greatest engravings of all time such as the Illustrations of the Book of Job. Here we bring to you interesting pieces of tidbits from the life of this famous artist. Blake recognized his calling since an early age and his parents were supportive of him. They sent Blake to Henry Pars’s Drawing School in London for formal training when William was only ten.

After drawing school, Blake apprenticed with James Basire, who taught him the ropes of engraving.

When he started out as a professional engraver, Blake would engrave copies of other artists work but eventually he progressed to developing his own designs.

While he spent most of his life in obscurity, Blake's engravings are now considered as prized possessions and are valued in millions. Not many know but Blake was also a mystic who experienced visions on several occasions. He once envisioned God “put his head to the window” and in another of his visions he saw his deceased brother’s “released spirit ascend heavenward through the matter-of-fact ceiling, ‘clapping its hands for joy.’”

In the segment below we bring to you inspirational quotes by the famous artist and poet William Blake.

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

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

William Blake

If a thing loves, it is infinite.

William Blake

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

William Blake

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

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

William Blake

What is now proved was once only imagined.

William Blake

The imagination is not a state: it is the human existence itself.

William Blake

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

The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.

William Blake

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.

William Blake

To generalize is to be an idiot.

William Blake

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

William Blake

The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.

William Blake

Eternity is in love with the productions of time.

William Blake

You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough.

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

Every Night and every Morn Some to Misery are born. Every Morn and every Night Some are born to Sweet Delight, Some are born to Endless Night.

William Blake

Truth can never be told so as to be understood and not be believed.

William Blake

He who kisses joy as it flies by will live in eternity's sunrise.

William Blake

For all eternity, I forgive you and you forgive me.

William Blake

I was walking among the fires of Hell, delighted with the enjoyments of Genius; which to Angels look like torment and insanity.

William Blake

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

William Blake

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

William Blake

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

William Blake

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

William Blake

A man can't soar too high, when he flies with his own wings.

William Blake

Excessive sorrow laughs. Excessive joy weeps.

William Blake

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

William Blake

Great things are done when men and mountains meet.

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

Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.

William Blake

The most sublime act is to set another before you.

William Blake

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

William Blake

And we are put on this earth a little space that we might learn to bear the beams of love

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

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom...You never know what is enough until you know what is more than enough.

William Blake

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

Better to shun the bait than struggle in the snare.

William Blake

For I dance And drink and sing, Till some blind hand Shall brush my wing. If thought is life And strength and breath And the want Of thought is death Then am I A happy fly If I live Or if I die

William Blake

Man was made for joy and woe Then when this we rightly know Through the world we safely go. Joy and woe are woven fine A clothing for the soul to bind.

William Blake

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

William Blake

Exuberance is beauty.

William Blake

For every thing that lives is Holy.

William Blake

Never seek to tell thy love; Love that never told can be. For the gentle wind does move silently.. invisibly.

William Blake

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

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

Those who control their passions do so because their passions are weak enough to be controlled.

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

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

William Blake

Everything to be imagined is an image of truth.

William Blake

The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

William Blake

The fool who persists in his folly will become wise.

William Blake

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

William Blake

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

William Blake

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

William Blake

Expect poison from the standing water.

William Blake

I will not reason and compare my business is to create.

William Blake

Prisons are built with stones of Law, Brothels with bricks of Religion

William Blake

Knowledge is Life with wings

William Blake

He who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence.

William Blake

Each man must create his own system or else he is a slave to another mans

William Blake

Enlightenment means taking full responsibility for your life.

William Blake

Both read the Bible day and night, But thou read'st black where I read white.

William Blake

Then cherish pity, lest you drive an angel from your door.

William Blake

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

William Blake

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

William Blake

Mercy is the golden chain by which society is bound together.

William Blake

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

William Blake

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

I myself do nothing. The Holy Spirit accomplishes all through me.

William Blake

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?

William Blake

The eagle never lost so much time as when he submitted to learn of the crow

William Blake

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

William Blake

Energy is eternal delight.

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

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

William Blake

Opposition is true Friendship.

William Blake

The weak in courage is strong in cunning.

William Blake

Without contraries there is no progression.

William Blake

Thus men forgot that all deities reside in the human breast.

William Blake

How can the bird that is born for joy Sit in a cage and sing? How can a child, when fears annoy, But droop his tender wing, And forget his youthful spring?

William Blake

Dip him in the river who loves water.

William Blake

And is he honest who resists his genius or conscience only for the sake of present ease or gratification

William Blake

The moon, like a flower in heaven's high bower, with silent delight sits and smiles on the night.

William Blake

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

William Blake

The busy bee has no time for sorrow.

William Blake

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

William Blake

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

William Blake

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

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

William Blake

The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.

William Blake

The prince's robes and beggar's rags, Are toadstools on the miser's bags. A truth that's told with bad intent, Beats all the lies you can invent

William Blake

Thy friendship oft has made my heart to ache: do be my enemy for friendship's sake.

William Blake

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

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

The eye altering, alters all.

William Blake

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

William Blake

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

William Blake

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

William Blake