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William Blake on Art, Friendship, Opposition, and More

Happy birthday, William Blake! Here are some quotes from the artist:

 

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

 

“I must Create a System, or be enslav’d by another Man’s;
I will not Reason and Compare: my business is to Create.”

 

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

 

“One thought fills immensity.”

 

“Opposition is true Friendship.”

 

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

 

“Art can never exist without Naked Beauty displayed.”

 

“If a thing loves, it is infinite.”

 

“The true method of knowledge is experiment.”

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

“Exuberance is Beauty.”

 

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

 

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

 

John Madera's fiction may be found in Conjunctions, Opium Magazine, The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, and many other journals. His criticism may be found in American Book Review, Bookforum, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, and many other venues. Recipient of an M.F.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University, John Madera lives in New York City, where he runs Rhizomatic and manages and edits Big Other.

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