Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self. To be damned is for one's ordinary everyday mode of consciousness to be unremitting agonizing preoccupation with self.Iris Murdoch
- By practice and conviction formed,
With ancient stubbornness ingrained,
Although her body clung and swarmed,
My own identity remained.
- Sir Gawaine and the Green Knight (1988)
- And you are here beside me, small,
Contained and fragile, and intent
On things that I but half recall-
- The rain of matter upon sense
Destroys me momently. The score:
There comes what will come.
- At the San Francisco Airport (1976)
- Metal, intrinsic value, deep and dense,
Preanimate, inimitable, still,
Real, but an evil with no human sense,
Dispersed the mind to concentrate the will.
- What calm catastrophe will yet assuage
This final drouth of penitential tears?
- John Sutter (1976)
- The land is numb.
It stands beneath the feet, and one may come
Walking securely, till the sea extends
Its limber margin, and precision ends.
- The Slow Pacific Swell (1976)