160 William Blake Quotes to Develop Your Creativity

These William Blake quotes that we’ve gathered will make you fascinated and amazed by his creativity.

William Blake was a madman in terms of his contemporary works. As a painter himself, his work is simple yet described as a brilliant masterpiece.

However, even though he was successful, he was misunderstood and neglected by many because of his unique creativity.

Take a look at our collection to see why he’s been called a madman and a genius.

Maybe through this collection, you’ll discover what kind of wild and interesting thoughts are in his mind.

See full list here.

And don’t forget to check out these Walt Whitman quotes and Emily Dickinson quotes.

Best William Blake Quotes

1. “It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.”

2. “We are not meant to resolve all contradictions but to live with them and rise above them.”

3. “No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.”

4. “Those who restrain desire do so, because theirs is weak enough to be restrained.”

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

6. “A truth that’s told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent.”

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

8. “If a thing loves, it is infinite.”

9. “Without contraries there is no progression.”

10. “Tyger! Tyger! burning bright in the forests of the night, what immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry?”

11. “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.”

12. “Wisdom is sold in a desolate marketplace where none can come to buy.”

13. “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.”

14. “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.”

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15. “He who binds to himself a joy does the winged life destroy.”

16. “Eternity is in love with the productions of time.”

17. “I must create a system, or be enslaved by another man.”

18. “Great things are done when men and mountains meet.”

19. “Make your own rules or be a slave to another man’s.”

20. “You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough.”

21. “As we are, so we see.”

22. “I am in you and you in me, mutual in divine love.”

23. “To generalize is to be an idiot.”

24. “The imagination is not a state, it is the human existence itself.”

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

26. “Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.”

27. “What is now proved was once only imagined.”

28. “The soul of sweet delight can never be defiled.”

29. “Art is the tree of life. Science is the tree of death.”

Inspirational William Blake Quotes

30. “Better to shun the bait than struggle in the snare.”

31. “The fool who persists in his folly will become wise.”

32. “The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.”

33. “The person who does not believe in miracles surely makes it certain that he or she will never take part in one.”

34. “He who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence.”

35. “Where mercy, love, and pity dwell, there God is dwelling too.”

36. “The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.”

37. “The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.”

38. “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.”

39. “A divine image of cruelty has a human heart, and jealousy a human face. Terror the human form divine, and secrecy the human dress. The human dress is forged iron. The human form a fiery forge. The human face a furnace sealed. The human heart, its hungry gorge.”

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

41. “To some people a tree is something so incredibly beautiful that it brings tears to the eyes. To others it is just a green thing that stands in the way.”

42. “The woman that does not love your frowns will never embrace your smiles.”

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

44. “Celebrate your existence!”

William Blake Quotes About Life

45. “The most sublime act is to set another before you.”

46. “My mother groaned, my father wept, into the dangerous world I leaped.”

47. “Exuberance is beauty.”

48. “Knowledge is life with wings.”

49. “Some are born to sweet delight, some are born to endless nights.”

50. “Enlightenment means taking full responsibility for your life.”

51. “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.”

52. “For I dance and drink and sing, til some blind hand shall brush my wings. 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.”

53. “A man can’t soar too high, when he flies with his own wings.”

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

55. “He who kisses joy as it flies by will live in eternity’s sunrise.”

56. “For every thing that lives is holy.”

57. “We are here to learn to endure the beams of love.”

58. “Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence.”

59. “For everything that lives is holy, life delights in life.”

William Blake Quotes of Innocence and Experience

60. “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.”

61. “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?”

62. “You become what you behold.”

63. “I see through my eyes, not with them.”

64. “There is no mistake so great as the mistake of not going on.”

Wise William Blake Quotes

65. “Improvement makes straight roads, but the crooked roads without improvement, are roads of genius.”

66. “In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.”

67. “Love is weak when there is more doubt than there is trust, but love is most strong when you learn to trust even with all the doubts.”

68. “The foundation of the empire is art and science. Remove them or degrade them, and the empire is no more. Empire follows art and not vice versa as Englishmen suppose.”

69. “Excuse my enthusiasm or rather madness, for I am really drunk with intellectual vision whenever I take a pencil or graver into my hand.”

70. “The true method of knowledge is experiment.”

71. “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.”

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

73. “In your own bosom you bear your heaven and earth, and all you behold, though it appears without. It is within, in your imagination of which this world of mortality is but a shadow.”

74. “They who forgive most shall be most forgiven.”

75. “Want of money and the distress of a thief can never be alleged as the cause of his thieving, for many honest people endure greater hardships with fortitude. We must therefore seek the cause elsewhere than in want of money, for that is the miser’s passion, not the thieves.”

76. “Excessive sorrow laughs. Excessive joy weeps.”

77. “Energy is eternal delight.”

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

79. “The weak in courage is strong in cunning.”

William Blake Quotes on Art

80. “When nations grow old the arts grow cold and commerce settles on every tree.”

81. “Art can never exist without naked beauty displayed.”

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

83. “The sick rose o rose, thou art sick! The invisible worm that flies in the night, in the howling storm, has found thy bed of crimson joy. And his dark secret love, does thy life destroy?”

84. “The difference between a bad artist and a good one is, the bad artist seems to copy a great deal and the good one really does.”

William Blake Quotes About Men and Humanity

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

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

87. “Without unceasing practice nothing can be done. Practice is art. If you leave, you are lost.”

88. “Man’s desires are limited by his perceptions, none can desire what he has not perceived.”

89. “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.”

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

91. “Always be ready to speak your mind, and a base man will avoid you.”

92. “Man has no body distinct from his soul, for that called body is a portion of soul discerned by the five senses.”

93. “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 clothing for the soul to bind.”

94. “As a man is, so he sees. As the eye is formed, such are its powers.”

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

96. “For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things through narrow chinks of his cavern.”

97. “And is he honest who resists his genius or conscience only for the sake of present ease or gratification?”

98. “What is grand is necessarily obscure to weak men. That which can be made explicit to the idiot is not worth my care.”

99. “But when he has done this, let him not say that he knows better than his master, for he only holds a candle in sunshine.”

William Blake Quotes on Imagination

100. “This world of imagination is infinite and eternal, whereas the world of generation is finite and temporal. There exist in that eternal world the eternal realities of everything which we see reflected in this vegetable glass of nature.”

101. “The prince’s robes and beggar’s rags are toadstools on the miser’s bags.”

102. “One power alone makes a poet. Imagination. The divine vision.”

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

104. “The eye altering, alters all.”

105. “The man who never in his mind and thoughts traveled to heaven is no artist.”

106. “The world of imagination is the world of eternity. It is the divine bosom into which we shall all go after the death of the vegetated body.”

107. “The eye sees more than the heart knows.”

108. “Every night and every morn some to misery are born.”

109. “Everything to be imagined is an image of truth.”

William Blake Quotes on His Beliefs

110. “Mercy is the golden chain by which society is bound together.”

111. “He who replies to words of doubt both put the light of knowledge out.”

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

113. “It is not because angels are holier than men or devils that makes them angels, but because they do not expect holiness from one another, but from God only.”

114. “Why stand we here trembling around, calling on God for help, and not ourselves, in whom God dwells?”

115. “He who sees the infinite in all things sees God.”

116. “That the Jews assumed a right exclusively to the benefits of God will be a lasting witness against them and the same will it be against Christians.”

117. “Both read the bible day and night, but thou read’st black where I read white.”

118. “What is a wife and what is a harlot? What is a church and what is a theatre? Are they two and not one? Can they exist separately? Are not religion and politics the same thing? Brotherhood is religion. O demonstrations of reason dividing families in cruelty and pride!”

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

William Blake Quotes on the Marriage of Heaven and Hell

120. “For all eternity, I forgive you and you forgive me.”

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

122. “Can I see another’s grief and not seek kind relief?”

123. “The busy bee has no time for sorrow.”

124. “I was walking among the fires of hell, delighted with the enjoyments of genius, which to angels look like torment and insanity.”

William Blake Quotes About Friendship and Relationships

125. “Thy friendship off has made my heart to ache, do be my enemy for friendship’s sake.”

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

127. “Opposition is true friendship.” 

128. “Everything possible to be believed is an image of truth.”

129. “The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.”

William Blake Quotes to Appreciate Beauty Around You

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

131. “I will not cease from mental fight nor shall my sword sleep in my hand.”

132. “And I watered it in fear, night and morning with my tears. And I sunned it with smiles, and with soft deceitful wiles.”

133. “When the green woods laugh with the voice of joy and the dimpling stream runs laughing by. When the air does laugh with our merry wit and the green hill laughs with the noise of it.”

134. “Prudence is a rich, ugly, old maid courted by incapacity.”

135. “Active evil is better than passive good.”

136. “Poetry fettered, fetters the human race. Nations are destroyed or flourish in proportion as their poetry, painting, and music are destroyed or flourish.”

137. “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.”

138. “You cannot have liberty in this world without what you call moral virtue, and you cannot have moral virtue without the slavery of that half of the human race who hate what you call moral virtue.”

139. “Gratitude, in itself, is heaven.”

140. “Do what you will, this world’s a fiction and is made up of contradictions.”

141. “Better murder an infant in its cradle than nurse an unacted desire.”

142. “The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.”

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

144. “The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.”

More William Blake Quotes

145. “The crow wished everything was black, the owl, that everything was white.”

146. “The lamb misused breeds public strife and yet forgives the butcher’s knife.”

147. “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?”

148. “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?”

149. “Expect poison from the standing water.”

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

151. “Travelers repose and dream among my leaves.”

152. “Prisons are built with stones of law, brothels with bricks of religion.”

153. “Every harlot was a virgin once.”

154. “Can I see another’s woe, and not be in sorrow too?”

155. “I have no name. I am but two days old. What shall I call thee? I am happy, joy is my name. Sweet joy befall thee!”

156. “The hours of folly are measured by the clock, but of wisdom, no clock can measure.”

157. “Error is created. Truth is eternal.”

158. “There is a smile of love, and there is a smile of deceit. And there is a smile of smiles In which these two smiles meet.”

159. “Love to faults is always blind, always is to joy inclined. Lawless, winged, and unconfined, and breaks all chains from every mind.”

160. “One thought fills immensity.”

Which of These William Blake Quotes Inspired You?

William Blake was born in London in the year 1757 in the district called Soho, a highly respectable and fashionable area. His father was a professional shopkeeper and known for trimming women’s clothing.

Blake was not sent for school in his area to escape the religious belief that might be taught there. His parents want him to enjoy being a child of nature. At an early age, he developed how to read and write through his mother’s teaching.

He learned how to draw and engrave as time went on. He drew everything he sees that surrounds him. He even bought cheap prints and went to some art collections to distinguish the artist’s different masterpieces.

The collection of William Blake quotes above will teach you to free all your ideas and views of life. You will learn how he explores his wide range of imagination. It will show you his immense skills in terms of painting and engraving skills.

Which of these William Blake quotes is your favorite? What lessons did you learn from today’s collection? Let us know in the comment section below!


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