We’re so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value that we forget that the inner value, the rapture that is associated with being alive, is what it’s all about. – Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth. (Anchor June 1, 1991) Originally published 1988.
I don’t have to have faith, I have experience. ― Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth. (Anchor June 1, 1991) Originally published 1988.
‘I wish you may be punished by falling in love with the silent princess.’ And having said this she vanished. For some time the boy paid no heed to her words—indeed he forgot them altogether; but as years went by, and he began to think more about things, the remembrance of the old woman’s wish… Continue reading Andrew Lang
Sleepy moths fluttered In her dark eyes, And her lips grew quieter Than lullabies. Swaying with the reedgrass Over the stream Lazily she lingered Cradling a dream. —Austin Clarke, from “The Awakening of Dermuid,” Austin Clarke (From “The Vengeance of Finn.”) Anthology of Irish Verse. Edited with an introductionby Padraic Colum. (New York: Boni and… Continue reading Austin Clarke
The eternal principle, which never was born, never will die: it is in all things: it is in you now. You are a wave on the face of the ocean. When the wave is gone, is the water gone? Has anything happened? Nothing has happened. It is a play, a game, a dance. —Joseph Campbell,… Continue reading Joseph Campbell
But I can see where the wind goes And follow the way of the wind; ‘And blessedness goes where the wind goes, And when it is gone we are dead; I see the blessedest soul in the world And he nods a drunken head.’ — W. B. Yeats, from… Continue reading W. B. Yeats
We can make our minds so like still water that beings gather about us that they may see, it may be, their own images, and so live for a moment with a clearer, perhaps even with a fiercer life because of our quiet. ― W. B. Yeats, from “Earth, Fire, and Water,” The Celtic Twilight:… Continue reading W. B. Yeats