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    He looked up, and just fornent him there sat on his haunches a comely-looking greyhound. 
'God save you,' said Paddy, every hair in his head standing up as straight as a sally twig.
'Save you kindly,' answered the greyhound—leaving out God, the beast, bekase he was the divil.
- W.B. Yeats (ed.), Irish Fairy Tales (1892) illustrated by Jack B. Yeats [full text]

    He looked up, and just fornent him there sat on his haunches a comely-looking greyhound. 

    'God save you,' said Paddy, every hair in his head standing up as straight as a sally twig.

    'Save you kindly,' answered the greyhound—leaving out God, the beast, bekase he was the divil.

    - W.B. Yeats (ed.), Irish Fairy Tales (1892) illustrated by Jack B. Yeats [full text]

     
  2. We spent an hour upon the sunny shore and I said, “I would like to live here always, and perhaps some day I will.” I was always discovering places where I would like to spend my whole life.

    - William Butler Yeats, Reveries over Childhood and Youth (1916) [full text]

     
  3. It is not that I have accomplished too few of my plans, for I am not ambitious; but when I think of all the books I have read, and of the wise words I have heard spoken, and of the anxiety I have given to parents and grandparents, and of the hopes that I have had, all life weighed in the scales of my own life seems to me a preparation for something that never happens.

    - William Butler Yeats, Reveries over Childhood and Youth (1916) [full text]

     
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    My first memories are fragmentary and isolated and contemporaneous, as though one remembered vaguely some early day of the Seven Days. It seems as if time had not yet been created, for all are connected with emotion and place and without sequence.

    - William Butler Yeats, Reveries over Childhood and Youth (1916) [full text]

     
  5. FINTAIN: Well, forget it again, and I will tell you about Aoife’s country. It is full of wonders. There are a great many Queens there who can change themselves into wolves and into swine and into white hares, and when they are in their own shapes they are stronger than almost any man; and there are young men there who have cat’s eyes and if a bird chirrup or a mouse squeak they cannot keep them shut even though it is bedtime and they sleepy; and listen, for this is a great wonder, a very great wonder, there is a long narrow bridge, and when anybody goes to cross it, that the Queens do not like, it flies up as this bench would if you were to sit on the end of it. Everybody who goes there to learn skill 44 in arms has to cross it. It was in that country too that Cuchullain got his spear made out of dragon bones. There were two dragons fighting in the foam of the sea, & their grandam was the moon, and six Queens came along the shore.

    - W.B. Yeats, ‘On Baile’s Strand: A Play’ in In the Seven Woods (1903) [full text]

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