George William Russell Quotes.
In the lost boyhood of Judas, Christ was betrayed.
Forgive me, Spirit of my spirit, for this, that I have found it easier to read the mystery told in tears and understood Thee better in sorrow than in joy.
When steam first began to pump and wheels go round at so many revolutions per minute, what are called business habits were intended to make the life of man run in harmony with the steam engine, and his movement rival the train in punctuality.
No leader, however great a personality he may be, is as important to a people as their own intellectual development.
There is a law in human nature which draws us to like what we passionately condemn.
Reason, alas, does not remove mountains. It only tries to walk around them, and see what is on the other side.
The victors in great wars have always been spiritually defeated by the conquered.
We realise that natural aptitudes are not interchangeable, and each person must, of biological or spiritual necessity, practise the art for which he is fitted.
We may fight against what is wrong, but if we allow ourselves to hate, that is to insure our spiritual defeat and our likeness to what we hate.
In ancient shadows and twilightsWhere childhood had strayed,The world’s great sorrows were bornAnd its heroes were made.In the lost boyhood of JudasChrist was betrayed.
We have the universe to roam in in imagination. It is our virtue to be infinitely varied. The worst tyranny is uniformity.
We are tired who follow after fantasy and truth that flies: You with only look and laughter stain our hearts with richest dyes.
Twilight, a timid, fawn, went glimmering by, and Night, the dark-blue hunter, followed fast.
We have control over the work of our hands, but little over the working of the soul. But yet we must yield to it, for without it we have nothing.
Whiskey: a torchligh procession marching down your throat.
The world can only be free when men are content in themselves and each draws from his own fountain.
The wind from the Kingdom of Heaven has blown all over the world, and shall blow for centuries yet.
You cannot evoke great spirits and eat plums at the same time.
Love and hate have a magical transforming power. They are the great soul changers. We grow through their exercise into the likeness of what we contemplate.
Nothing exasperates the spirit in man more than power which seems unconquerable and which makes impotent all protest.
After the spiritual powers, there is no thing in the world more unconquerable than the spirit of nationality. … The spirit of nationality in Ireland will persist even though the mightiest of material powers be its neighbor.
People tell me that the countryside must always be stupid and backward, and I get angry, as if it were said that only townspeople had immortal souls, and that it was only in the city that the flame of divinity breathed into the first men had an unobscured glow.
The relation of landlord and tenant is not an ideal one, but any relations in a social order will endure if there is infused into them some of that spirit of human sympathy which qualifies life for immortality.
Our hearts were drunk with a beauty Our eyes could never see.
I lay this down as a fundamental proposition, which I do not think will be denied, that whoever controls the taxation and trade policy of a country controls its destiny and the entire character of its civilization.