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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1659
AUTHOR: W. B. Yeats (1865–1939)
QUOTATION: Too long a sacrifice
Can make a stone of the heart.
O when may it suffice?
ATTRIBUTION: WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS, “Easter 1916,” lines 57–59, The Variorum Edition of the Poems of W. B. Yeats, ed. Peter Allt and Russell K. Alspach, p. 394 (1957).
SUBJECTS: Sacrifice