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THE MARRIAGE OF HEAVEN AND HELL

by: William Blake


Rintrah roars and shakes his fires in the burdened air;
Hungry clouds swag on the deep.
The Argument

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

The Argument

The reason Milton wrote in fetters when he wrote of Angels and God, and at liberty when of Devils and Hell, is because he was a true poet and of the Devil's party without knowing it.

Note to The Voice of the Devil

Those who restrain desire, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained; and the restrainer or reason usurps its place & governs the unwilling.

The Voice of the Devil

Man has no Body distinct from his Soul; for that call'd Body is a portion of Soul discern'd by the five Senses, the chief inlets of Soul in this age.

The Voice of the Devil

If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.

A Memorable Fancy

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

A Memorable Fancy

Opposition is true Friendship.

A Memorable Fancy

The worship of God is, Honouring his gifts in other men each according to his genius, and loving the greatest men best; those who envy or calumniate great men hate God, for there is no other God.

A Memorable Fancy

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.

Proverbs of Hell

He who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence.

Proverbs of Hell

A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.

Proverbs of Hell

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

Proverbs of Hell

Eternity is in love with the productions of time.

Proverbs of Hell

The busy bee has no time for sorrow.

Proverbs of Hell

The hours of folly are measured by the clock, but of wisdom no clock can measure.

Proverbs of Hell

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

Proverbs of Hell

If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise.

Proverbs of Hell

Prisons are built with stones of law, brothels with bricks of religion.

Proverbs of Hell

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.

Proverbs of Hell

The cistern contains: the fountain overflows.

Proverbs of Hell

One thought. fills immensity.

Proverbs of Hell

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

Proverbs of Hell

The eagle never lost so much time as when he submitted to learn of the crow.

Proverbs of Hell

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

Proverbs of Hell

The tygers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.

Proverbs of Hell

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

Proverbs of Hell

The weak in courage is strong in cunning.

Proverbs of Hell

When thou seest an Eagle, thou seest a portion of Genius; lift up thy head!

Proverbs of Hell

Exuberance is Beauty.

Proverbs of Hell

Improvement makes straight roads; but the crooked roads without improvement are roads of genius.

Proverbs of Hell

Truth can never be told so as to be understood, and not be believed.

Proverbs of Hell

The ancient poets animated all objects with Gods or Geniuses, calling them by the names and adorning them with the properties of woods, rivers, mountains, lakes, cities, nations, and whatever their enlarged & numerous senses could perceive. And particularly they studied the genius of each city & country, placing it under its mental deity; Till a system was formed, which some took advantage of & enslav'd the vulgar by attempting to realize or abstract the mental deities from their objects: thus began priesthood; Choosing forms of worship from poetic tales. And at length they pronounc'd that the Gods had order'd such things. Thus men forgot that all deities reside in the human breast.

Proverbs of Hell