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William Blake

1757-1827. British poet and painter.

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Energy is eternal delight.

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

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When a sinister person means to be your enemy, they always start by trying to become your friend.

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''I have no name:'' I am but two days old. ''What shall I call thee?'' I happy am, ''Joy is my name.'' sweet joy befall thee!

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Thinking as I do that the Creator of this world is a very cruel being, and being a worshipper of Christ, I cannot help saying: ''the Son, O how unlike the Father!'' First God Almighty comes with a thump on the head. Then Jesus Christ comes with a balm to heal it.

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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.

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

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

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I see every thing I paint in this world, but everybody does not see alike. To the eyes of a miser a guinea is more beautiful than the sun, and a bag worn with the use of money has more beautiful proportions than a vine filled with grapes.

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No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings.

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