William Blake: 33 Life-Changing Lessons to Learn from William Blake

William Blake

William Blake was and still is a creative genius way ahead oh his time – and even our own time. Poet, painter, print maker and visionary mystic, Blake was only educated to the age of ten and is today recognized as one of the most prolific and profound romantic poets ever published.

There are many profound and life-changing lessons to learn from this genius of a man. And today I will share with you 33 of these lessons, in the hope that they will inspire and empower to become aware and release the infinite power present within you and all around you.

33 Life-Changing Lessons to Learn from William Blake

1. Expect poison from the standing water.

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

2. He who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence.

“The true method of knowledge is experiment.”

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3. A truth that’s told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent. ~ William Blake

4. Think in the morning. Act in the noon.

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

5. Make your own rules or be a slave to another man’s.

“I must create a system, or be enslaved by another man’s. I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.”

6. The busy bee has no time for sorrow.

7. To generalize is to be an idiot. ~ William Blake

“If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise”

8. The weak in courage is strong in cunning. ~ William Blake

“If the lion was advised by the fox, he would be cunning.”

9. He who sees the Infinite in all things sees God.

“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.”

“To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour.”

10. He whose face gives no light, shall never become a star.

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11. Art is the tree of life. Science is the tree of death.

“Every man who is not an artist is a traitor to his own nature.”

12. Love builds a Heaven in Hell’s despair.

“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.”

13. Time is but an illusion

I see the Past, Present & Future existing all at once Before me.

14. Great things are done when men and mountains meet.

“The person who does not believe in miracles surely makes it certain that he or she will never take part in one.” ~ William Blake

“There is no mistake so great as the mistake of not going on.”

15. Enlightenment means taking full responsibility for your life.

16. Error is created; truth is eternal. ~ William Blake

“Without contraries is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence.”

17. Love is weak when there is more doubt than there is trust

“Love is weak when there is more doubt than there is trust, but love is most strong when you learn to trust even with all the doubts. If a thing loves, it is infinite.” ~ William Blake

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18. The Woman that does not love your frowns will never embrace your smiles. ~ William Blake

19. We are not meant to resolve all contradictions

“We are not meant to resolve all contradictions but to live with them and rise above them.” ~ William Blake

20. The nakedness of woman is the work of God

“The pride of the peacock is the glory of God. The lust of the goat is the bounty of God. The wrath of the lion is the wisdom of God. The nakedness of woman is the work of God.”

21. God is within

“Why stand we here trembling around, calling on God for help, and not ourselves, in whom God dwells?”

“I am in you and you in me, mutual in divine love.”

22. In the universe, there are doors

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

23. Truth is told, not to convince, but to defend

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.

24. The imagination is not a state: it is the human existence itself.

“The world of imagination is the world of eternity. It is the divine bosom into which we shall all go after the death of the vegetated [i.e. mortal] body. This world of imagination is infinite and eternal, whereas the world of generation is finite and temporal. There exist in that eternal world the eternal realities of everything which we see reflected in this vegetable glass of nature.”

25. If a thing loves, it is infinite. ~ William Blake

26. Nature is imagination itself.

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.”

27. What is now proved was once only imagined.

“Mans desires are limited by his perceptions; none can desire what he has not perceived.”

28. There is a smile of love, and there is a smile of deceit

“There is a smile of love, and there is a smile of deceit, and there is a smile of smiles In which these two smiles meet.” ~ William Blake

29. In your own bosom you bear your heaven and earth

“In your own bosom you bear your heaven and earth, And all you behold, though it appears without, It is within, in your imagination, Of which this world of mortality is but a shadow.”

30. Every thing that lives is holy

“Arise you little glancing wings, and sing your infant joy! Arise and drink your bliss, for every thing that lives is holy!”

31. You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough

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

“When a sinister person means to be your enemy, they always start by trying to become your friend.” ~ William Blake

33. They who forgive most shall be most forgiven.

“And throughout all Eternity I forgive you, you forgive me. As our dear Redeemer said: “This the Wine, and this the Bread.”

“The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.”

BONUS: More William Blake Quotes

“It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.” ~ William Blake

Celebrate your existence!

“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!”

Gratitude, in itself, is heaven.” ~ William Blake

“Fun I love, but too much fun is of all things the most loathsome. Mirth is better than fun, and happiness is better than mirth.”

“If the Sun and Moon should ever doubt, they’d immediately go out.”

“To me this world is all one continued vision of fancy or imagination, and I feel flattered when I am told so. What is it sets Homer, Virgil and Milton in so high a rank of art? Why is the Bible more entertaining and instructive than any other book? Is it not because they are addressed to the imagination, which is spiritual sensation, and but immediately to the understanding or reason?”

“As we are, so we see.”

“He who would do good to another must do it in Minute Particulars: general Good is the plea of the scoundrel, hypocrite, and flatterer, for Art and Science cannot exist but in minutely organized Particulars.”

“Joy and woe are woven fine, A clothing for the soul divine. Under every grief and pine Runs a joy with silken twine.”

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Luminita D. Saviuc

Luminita is the Founder and Editor in Chief of PurposeFairy.com and also the author of 15 Things You Should Give Up to Be Happy: An Inspiring Guide to Discovering Effortless Joy. For more details check out the 15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy Book Page.

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