An Irish Airman Foresees His Death Poem by William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats (13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939) was an Irish poet. This post features An Irish Airman Foresees His Death Poem by William Butler Yeats.

An Irish Airman Foresees His Death Poem William Butler Yeats written in 1918 and first published in the Macmillan edition of The Wild Swans at Coole in 1919. The poem is a soliloquy given by an aviator in the First World War in which the narrator describes the circumstances surrounding his imminent death. The poem is a work that discusses the role of Irish soldiers fighting for the United Kingdom during a time when they were trying to establish independence for Ireland. Wishing to show restraint from publishing political poems during the height of the war, Yeats withheld publication of the poem until after the conflict had ended.

An Irish Airman Foresees His Death Poem by William Butler Yeats
An Irish Airman Foresees His Death Poem by William Butler Yeats

An Irish Airman Foresees His Death Poem

I know that I shall meet my fate
Somewhere among the clouds above;
Those that I fight I do not hate
Those that I guard I do not love;

My country is Kiltartan Cross,
My countrymen Kiltartan’s poor,
No likely end could bring them loss
Or leave them happier than before.

Nor law, nor duty bade me fight,
Nor public man, nor cheering crowds,
A lonely impulse of delight
Drove to this tumult in the clouds;

I balanced all, brought all to mind,
The years to come seemed waste of breath,
A waste of breath the years behind
In balance with this life, this death.

– William Butler Yeats

Inspirational Anne Frank Quotes

Annelies Frank (12 June 1929 – February or March 1945) was a German-born diarist and writer. This post features some Inspirational Anne Frank Quotes.

One of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust, she gained fame posthumously following the publication of her diary, The Diary of a Young Girl (originally Het Achterhuis; English: The Secret Annex), which documents her life in hiding from 1942 to 1944, during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II. It is one of the world’s most widely known books and has been the basis for several plays and films.

Frank’s father, Otto, the only survivor of the family, returned to Amsterdam after the war to find that her diary had been saved by one of the helpers, Miep Gies, and his efforts led to its publication in 1947. It was translated from its original Dutch version and first published in English in 1952 as The Diary of a Young Girl, and has since been translated into over 60 languages.

Anne Frank Quotes
Anne Frank Quotes

Anne Frank Quotes

“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.”
― Anne Frank

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
― Anne Frank

“Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.”
― Anne Frank

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”
― Anne Frank

“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”
― Anne Frank

“I think a lot, but I don’t say much.”
― Anne Frank

“In the long run, the sharpest weapon of all is a kind and gentle spirit.”
― Anne Frank

“I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.”
― Anne Frank

“It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.”
― Anne Frank

“Anyhow, I’ve learned one thing now. You only really get to know people when you’ve had a jolly good row with them. Then and then only can you judge their true characters!”
― Anne Frank

“A quiet conscience makes one strong!”
― Anne Frank

“People can tell you to keep your mouth shut, but that doesn’t stop you from having your own opinion.”
― Anne Frank

“Where there’s hope, there’s life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again.”
― Anne Frank

“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.”
― Anne Frank

“But feelings can’t be ignored, no matter how unjust or ungrateful they seem.”
Anne Frank quotes

“Deep down, the young are lonelier than the old.”
― Anne Frank

“I’ve found that there is always some beauty left — in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you.”
― Anne Frank

“Whoever is happy will make others happy.”
― Anne Frank

“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.”
Anne Frank

“Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness. People are just people, and all people have faults and shortcomings, but all of us are born with a basic goodness.”
― Anne Frank

“In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.”
― Anne Frank

“Because paper has more patience than people.”
― Anne Frank

“Sympathy, Love, Fortune… We all have these qualities but still tend to not use them!”
― Anne Frank

“The weak fall, but the strong will remain and never go under!”
― Anne Frank

“We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.”
― Anne Frank

“I love you, with a love so great that it simply couldn’t keep growing inside my heart, but had to leap out and reveal itself in all its magnitude.”
― Anne Frank

“You can be lonely even when you are loved by many people, since you are still not anybody’s one and only.”
Anne Frank quotes

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As longs as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”
― Anne Frank

“I know what I want, I have a goal, an opinion, I have a religion and love. Let me be myself and then I am satisfied. I know that I’m a woman, a woman with inward strength and plenty of courage.”
― Anne Frank

“Although I’m only fourteen, I know quite well what I want, I know who is right and who is wrong. I have my opinions, my own ideas and principles, and although it may sound pretty mad from an adolescent, I feel more of a person than a child, I feel quite independent of anyone.”
― Anne Frank

“Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!”
― Anne Frank

“Sometimes I believe that God wants to try me, both now and later on; I must become good through my own efforts, without examples and without good advice.”
― Anne Frank

Inspirational Margaret Atwood Quotes

Margaret Atwood (born November 18, 1939) is a Canadian poet, novelist and environmental activist. This post features some Inspirational Margaret Atwood Quotes.

She is also a founder of the Writers’ Trust of Canada, a non-profit literary organization that seeks to encourage Canada’s writing community. Among innumerable contributions to Canadian literature, she was a founding trustee of the Griffin Poetry Prize.

Margaret Atwood Quotes
Margaret Atwood Quotes

Margaret Atwood Quotes

“War is what happens when language fails.”
― Margaret Atwood

“Stupidity is the same as evil if you judge by the results.”
― Margaret Atwood

“Don’t let the bastards grind you down.”
― Margaret Atwood

“I would like to be the air that inhabits you for a moment only. I would like to be that unnoticed and that necessary.”
Margaret Atwood

“Another belief of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.”
― Margaret Atwood

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”
― Margaret Atwood

“A word after a word after a word is power.”
― Margaret Atwood

“Perhaps I write for no one. Perhaps for the same person children are writing for when they scrawl their names in the snow.”
Margaret Atwood quotes

“You can only be jealous of someone who has something you think you ought to have yourself.”
― Margaret Atwood

“The best way of keeping a secret is to pretend there isn’t one.”
― Margaret Atwood

“I read for pleasure and that is the moment I learn the most.”
― Margaret Atwood

“Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.”
― Margaret Atwood

“Better never means better for everyone… It always means worse, for some.”
― Margaret Atwood

“A truth should exist,
it should not be used
like this. If I love you
is that a fact or a weapon?”
― Margaret Atwood

“If we were all on trial for our thoughts, we would all be hanged.”
― Margaret Atwood

“Longed for him. Got him. Shit.”
― Margaret Atwood

“Hatred would have been easier. With hatred, I would have known what to do. Hatred is clear, metallic, one-handed, unwavering; unlike love.”
Margaret Atwood quotes

“Ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance, you have to work at it.”
― Margaret Atwood

“You fit into me
like a hook into an eye
a fish hook
an open eye.”
― Margaret Atwood

“Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language and the last, and it always tells the truth.”
― Margaret Atwood

“But who can remember pain, once it’s over? All that remains of it is a shadow, not in the mind even, in the flesh. Pain marks you, but too deep to see. Out of sight, out of mind.”
― Margaret Atwood

“We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.”
― Margaret Atwood

“We still think of a powerful man as a born leader and a powerful woman as an anomaly.”
― Margaret Atwood

“When we think of the past it’s the beautiful things we pick out. We want to believe it was all like that.”
― Margaret Atwood

“Knowing too much about other people puts you in their power, they have a claim on you, you are forced to understand their reasons for doing things and then you are weakened.”
― Margaret Atwood

“A home filled with nothing but yourself. It’s heavy, that lightness. It’s crushing, that emptiness.”
― Margaret Atwood

“If you knew what was going to happen, if you knew everything that was going to happen next—if you knew in advance the consequences of your own actions—you’d be doomed. You’d be ruined as God. You’d be a stone. You’d never eat or drink or laugh or get out of bed in the morning. You’d never love anyone, ever again. You’d never dare to.”
― Margaret Atwood

“Romance takes place in the middle distance. Romance is looking in at yourself through a window clouded with dew. Romance means leaving things out: where life grunts and shuffles, romance only sighs.”
― Margaret Atwood

“Love blurs your vision; but after it recedes, you can see more clearly than ever. It’s like the tide going out, revealing whatever’s been thrown away and sunk: broken bottles, old gloves, rusting pop cans, nibbled fishbodies, bones. This is the kind of thing you see if you sit in the darkness with open eyes, not knowing the future.”
― Margaret Atwood

“I don’t want to see anyone. I lie in the bedroom with the curtains drawn and nothingness washing over me like a sluggish wave. Whatever is happening to me is my own fault. I have done something wrong, something so huge I can’t even see it, something that’s drowning me. I am inadequate and stupid, without worth. I might as well be dead.”
― Margaret Atwood

“Farewells can be shattering, but returns are surely worse. Solid flesh can never live up to the bright shadow cast by its absence. Time and distance blur the edges; then suddenly the beloved has arrived, and it’s noon with its merciless light, and every spot and pore and wrinkle and bristle stands clear.”
― Margaret Atwood

“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.”
Margaret Atwood quotes

“Love blurs your vision; but after it recedes, you can see more clearly than ever. It’s like the tide going out, revealing whatever’s been thrown away and sunk: broken bottles, old gloves, rusting pop cans, nibbled fishbodies, bones. This is the kind of thing you see if you sit in the darkness with open eyes, not knowing the future. The ruin you’ve made.”
― Margaret Atwood

“The only way you can write the truth is to assume that what you set down will never be read. Not by any other person, and not even by yourself at some later date. Otherwise you begin excusing yourself. You must see the writing as emerging like a long scroll of ink from the index finger of your right hand; you must see your left hand erasing it.”
― Margaret Atwood