“The Proverbs of Hell” (W. Blake)

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William Blake – The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827) was an English poet, painter, and engraver. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age.
In the prose work “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” (1790-93), which is one of his “Prophetic Books”, he states the need for the existence of both good and evil, as without contraries there cannot be progress. In the “Proverbs of Hell” he attacks the repression of human energies by conventions and oppressive authority (church and state).

🔶 The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.
🔶 A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.
🔶 He whose face gives no light, shall never become a star.
🔶 No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings.
🔶 Prisons are built with stones of law; brothels with bricks of religion.
🔶 What is now proved was once only imagin’d.
🔶 One thought fills immensity.
🔶 Always be ready to speak your mind, and a base man will avoid you.
🔶 The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.
🔶 To create a little flower is the labour of ages.
🔹La strada dell’eccesso porta al palazzo della saggezza
🔹Lo stolto non vede un albero allo stesso modo del saggio
🔹Chi ha un volto senza un raggio di luce, non diventerà mai stella
🔹Nessun uccello sale troppo in alto, se sale con le sue ali
🔹Con le pietre della Legge hanno alzato Prigioni, coi mattoni della Religione, Bordelli
🔹Ciò che oggi può dimostrarsi, una volta fu solo immaginato
🔹Un pensiero colma l’immensità
🔹Sii sempre pronto a dire ciò che pensi, e il vile ti scanserà
🔹Le tigri dell’ira sono più sagge dei cavalli dell’educazione
🔹La creazione d’un piccolo fiore è lavoro di ere

16 thoughts on ““The Proverbs of Hell” (W. Blake)

  1. se avessi studiato con più attenzione alcuni libri e avessi pensato che tutti sono coevi, che la storia non ha ere cupe e ere chiare, forse non sarei incappata in innumerevoli errori, osservare l’ arte spesso mi mette a confronto con la chiarezza lirica della pittura, inascoltata e saggia.

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