Never Give All the Heart

Never give all the heart, for love
Will hardly seem worth thinking of
To passionate women if it seem
Certain, and they never dream
That it fades out from kiss to kiss;
For everything that’s lovely is
But a brief, dreamy, kind delight.
O never give the heart outright,
For they, for all smooth lips can say,
Have given their hearts up to the play.
And who could play it well enough
If deaf and dumb and blind with love?
He that made this knows all the cost,
For he gave all his heart and lost.

-by William Butler Yeats

Love this poem. It is weightless and timeless. This is the english language at it’s best. I used to think it was a bit sad, but then realized the truth buried within the lines isn’t sad. It’s reflective of past experience in an honest way. It’s a lesson about how to properly love a woman.

“For everything that’s lovely is But a brief, dreamy, kind delight” is one of my favorite quotes of all time. This describes every great experience i’ve ever remembered from my past. It defines a good life. It defines, ever smile, every kiss, and every special moment you spend with someone you care about. It is just the simplest form of truth. How can you not appreciate that.

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