100 Inspirational Quotes By William Blake That Will Motivate You To Go For Your Goals
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. A truth that's told with bad intent
Beats all the lies you can invent. If a thing loves, it is infinite. Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry? 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. What is now proved was once only imagined. 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. To generalize is to be an idiot. In the universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between, there are doors. The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness. Eternity is in love with the productions of time. You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough. 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. 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. Truth can never be told so as to be understood and not be believed. He who kisses joy as it flies by will live in eternity's sunrise. For all eternity, I forgive you and you forgive me. I was walking among the fires of Hell, delighted with the enjoyments of Genius; which to Angels look like torment and insanity. He whose face gives no light, shall never become a star. Without contraries is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence. If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is - infinite. My mother groaned, my father wept,
into the dangerous world I leapt. A man can't soar too high, when he flies with his own wings. Excessive sorrow laughs. Excessive joy weeps. Improvement makes strait roads, but the crooked roads without Improvement, are roads of Genius. Great things are done when men and mountains meet. 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. Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night. The most sublime act is to set another before you. A good local pub has much in common with a church, except that a pub is warmer, and there's more conversation. And we are put on this earth a little space that we might learn to bear the beams of love 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. The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom...You never know what is enough until you know what is more than enough. 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. Better to shun the bait than struggle in the snare. 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 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. Some are born to sweet delight, Some are born to endless night. For every thing that lives is Holy. Never seek to tell thy love; Love that never told can be. For the gentle wind does move silently.. invisibly. Imagination is the real and eternal world of which this vegetable universe is but a faint shadow. 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. Those who control their passions do so because their passions are weak enough to be controlled. Can I see another's woe and not be in sorrow, too? Can I see another's grief and not seek for kind relief? If the Sun and Moon should ever doubt, they'd immediately go out. Everything to be imagined is an image of truth. The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction. The fool who persists in his folly will become wise. How can a bird that is born for joy
Sit in a cage and sing? For Mercy has a human heart
Pity, a human face:
And Love, the human form divine,
And Peace, the human dress. The lamb misused breeds public strife
And yet forgives the butcher's knife. Expect poison from the standing water. I will not reason and compare my business is to create. Prisons are built with stones of Law, Brothels with bricks of Religion Knowledge is Life with wings He who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence. Each man must create his own system or else he is a slave to another mans Enlightenment means taking full responsibility for your life. Both read the Bible day and night,
But thou read'st black where I read white. Then cherish pity, lest you drive an angel from your door. The crow wished everything was black, the Owl, that everything was white. A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees. Mercy is the golden chain by which society is bound together. Sooner strangle an infant in its cradle than nurse unacted desires. 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. I myself do nothing. The Holy Spirit accomplishes all through me. 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 eagle never lost so much time as when he submitted to learn of the crow Children of the future age
Reading this indignant page
Know that in a former time
Love, sweet love, was thought a crime Energy is eternal delight. What is grand is necessarily obscure to weak men. That which can be made explicit to the idiot is not worth my care. He who replies to words of doubt
doth put the light of knowledge out. Opposition is true Friendship. The weak in courage is strong in cunning. Without contraries there is no progression. Thus men forgot that all deities reside in the human breast. 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? Dip him in the river who loves water. And is he honest who resists his genius or conscience only for the sake of present ease or gratification The moon, like a flower in heaven's high bower, with silent delight sits and smiles on the night. When a sinister person means to be your enemy, they always start by trying to become your friend The busy bee has no time for sorrow. Make your own rules or be a slave to another man's. I will not cease from mental fight
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand. And I watered it in fears,
Night and morning with my tears;
And I sunned it with smiles,
And with soft deceitful wiles. The apple tree never asks the beech how he shall grow, nor the lion, the horse, how he shall take his prey. The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest. 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
Thy friendship oft has made my heart to ache: do be my enemy for friendship's sake.
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?
Excuse my enthusiasm or rather madness, for I am really drunk with intellectual vision whenever I take a pencil or graver into my hand.
The eye altering, alters all.
The naked woman’s body is a portion of eternity too great for the eye of man.
When nations grow old the Arts grow cold
And commerce settles on every tree The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.