Secret Life

“…there is for every man some one scene, some one adventure, some one picture that is the image of his secret life, for wisdom first speaks in images, and … this one image, if he would but brood over it his life long, would lead his soul, disentangled from unmeaning circumstance and the ebb and flow of the world, into that far household where the undying gods await all whose souls have become simple as flame, whose bodies have become quiet as an agate lamp.”

W.B. Yeats, “The Philosophy of Shelley’s Poetry”

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23 Responses to Secret Life

  1. ptero9 says:

    So beautiful, so true! Simple as a flame, love it!

  2. Stuff Jeff Reads says:

    Love Yeats! Thanks for the quote.

  3. shreejacob says:

    Awesome quote…so awesome I had to tweet it..:D

  4. Thank you for this quote – I had forgotten it completely. it is a wonderful idea.

  5. No one lays it down like Yeats. “The … one adventure that is the image of his secret life…” We’ve all had such divine visitations from the undying gods-may we remember and honor them to the end.

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  7. I wrote a post inspired by Secret Life and mentioned you with a link to your fine blog. If I could only figure the blasted ping-back thing.

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