BOOK REVIEW / Paperbacks: The Sayings of W B Yeats, ed Joseph Spence: Duckworth, pounds 4.95

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'We begin to live when we conceive life as tragedy'; 'Love is based on inequality as friendship is on equality'; 'The public does not matter, only one's friends matter': plenty more high-handed, high-stilted epigrams where these came from, including some of the most famous lines in Yeats's poetry. Also in the same series, at the same length (64 pages) and price: the sayings of Shakespeare, Jane Austen and Sydney Smith.