Sunday, January 07, 2007

Seamus Heaney on The Art of Life

In fact, the ability to start out upon your own impulse is fundamental to the gift of keeping going upon your own terms, not to mention the further and more fullfilling gift of getting started all over again -- never resting upon the oars of success or in the doldrums of disappointment...

Getting started, keeping going, getting started again -- in art and in life, it seems to me this is the essential rhythm...

Seamus Heaney, poet.

"I dreamt -- marvelous error!-- / that I had a beehive here inside my heart./ And the golden bees/were making white combs/and sweet honey/ from my old failures."

Antonio Machado

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