“Exuberance is beauty.”

Quotations from Blake’s “Marriage of Heaven and Hell”

  • blake_william_english_1757e280931827_satan_watching_the_caresses_of_adam_and_eve_illustration_to_paradise_lost_1808_pen_watercolor_on_paper_50-5_x_38_cm_museum_of_fine_arts“Exuberance is beauty.”
  • “Energy is eternal delight.”
  • “Damn braces; bless relaxes.”
  • “Enough! Or too much.”
  • “I asked;  ‘does a firm persuasion that a thing if so, make it so?’
  • “He replied: ‘all poets believe that it does,  and in ages of imagination this firm persuasion removed mountains; but many are not capable of  the firm persuasion of anything.’
  • “If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to men as it is, infinite.”
  • “For man has closed himself up till he sees all things through narrow chinks  of his cavern.”
  • “Expect poison from standing water.”
  • “The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water and breeds reptiles of the mind. “
  • “Opposition is true friendship.”
  • (from the Clod and the Pebble, “Songs of Innocence and Experience”
    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.
  • Poems from Blake’s Notebook (c. 1800–1803)
    When a Man has Married a Wife
    He finds out whether
    Her Knees & elbows are only
    glued together.


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