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William Blake

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

To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower. Hold infinity in the palms of your hand and eternity in an hour.

I must create a system or be enslaved by another mans; I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.

Portrait of William Blake

William Blake (1757 – 1827) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of both the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. His prophetic poetry has been said to form 'what is in proportion to its merits the least read body of poetry in the English language'.

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

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.

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