„I saw an advertisement the other day for the secret of life.“
"Are You Spotty?" (1964)
E. L. Wisty
Contexto: I saw an advertisement the other day for the secret of life. It said "The secret of life can be yours for twenty-five shillings. Sent to Secret of Life Institute, Willesden." So I wrote away, seemed a good bargain, secret of life, twenty-five shillings. And I got a letter back saying, "If you think you can get the secret of life for twenty-five shillings, you don't deserve to have it. Send fifty shillings for the secret of life."
„Living in age of advertisement, we are perpetually disillusioned. The perfect life is spread before us every day, but it changes and withers at a touch.“
— J.B. Priestley English writer 1894 - 1984
"The Disillusioned", in The Balconinny, and Other Essays ( 1969) p. 30.
— Julian of Norwich English theologian and anchoress 1342 - 1416
Summations, Chapter 51
Contexto: I saw and understood that every Shewing is full of secret things.
And therefore me behoveth now to tell three properties in which I am somewhat eased. The first is the beginning of teaching that I understood therein, in the same time; the second is the inward teaching that I have understood therein afterward; the third, all the whole Revelation from the beginning to the end (that is to say of this Book) which our Lord God of His goodness bringeth oftentimes freely to the sight of mine understanding. And these three are so oned, as to my understanding, that I cannot, nor may, dispart them. And by these three, as one, I have teaching whereby I ought to believe and trust in our Lord God, that of the same goodness of which He shewed it, and for the same end, right so, of the same goodness and for the same end He shall declare it to us when it is His will.
„One secret of life is that the reason life works at all is that not everyone in your tribe is nuts on the same day. Another secret is that laughter is carbonated holiness“
— Anne Lamott, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith
Fonte: Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith
„And the world's like a science
And I'm like a secret
And I saw you lingering still, still
I saw you lingering still“
— Zooey Deschanel American actress, musician, and singer-songwriter 1980
Volume Two (2010)
„The last days of my childhood were also the last days of the village. I belonged to that generation which saw, by chance, the end of a thousand years' life.“
— Laurie Lee, livro Cider with Rosie
Cider with Rosie (1959)
„I had never thought of advertising as a life work, though I had on the side, written some very successful copy.“
— Bruce Fairchild Barton American author, politician and advertising executive 1886 - 1967
As quoted in The Mirror Makers: A History of American Advertising and Its Creators (1984) by Steven Fox
— Henri Barbusse French novelist 1873 - 1935
The Inferno (1917), Ch. XIV
Contexto: I wanted to know the secret of life. I had seen men, groups, deeds, faces. In the twilight I had seen the tremulous eyes of beings as deep as wells. I had seen the mouth that said in a burst of glory, "I am more sensitive than others." I had seen the struggle to love and make one's self understood, the refusal of two persons in conversation to give themselves to each other, the coming together of two lovers, the lovers with an infectious smile, who are lovers in name only, who bury themselves in kisses, who press wound to wound to cure themselves, between whom there is really no attachment, and who, in spite of their ecstasy deriving light from shadow, are strangers as much as the sun and the moon are strangers. I had heard those who could find no crumb of peace except in the confession of their shameful misery, and I had seen faces pale and red-eyed from crying. I wanted to grasp it all at the same time. All the truths taken together make only one truth. I had had to wait until that day to learn this simple thing. It was this truth of truths which I needed.
Not because of my love of mankind. It is not true that we love mankind. No one ever has loved, does love, or will love mankind. It was for myself, solely for myself, that I sought to attain the full truth, which is above emotion, above peace, even above life, like a sort of death. I wanted to derive guidance from it, a faith. I wanted to use it for my own good.
„I not only have my secrets, I am my secrets. And you are yours. Our secrets are human secrets, and our trusting each other enough to share them with each other has much to do with the secret of what it means to be human.“
— Frederick Buechner Poet, novelist, short story writer, theologian 1926
„Two girls discover
the secret of life
in a sudden line of
poetry. I who don't know the
— Denise Levertov, Poems, 1960-1967
O Taste and See : New Poems (1964), The Secret
Fonte: Poems, 1960-1967
„Sitting there that day, I knew that the only thing I could do was keep putting one foot in front of the other, hoping none of the secrets on my shoulders would make me lose my balance.“
— Ally Carter, I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You
Fonte: I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You
„I am the one you saw to-day, who fell
Senseless before you, hearing a certain bell:
A bell that broke great memories in my brain.'
'I am the one who passed unnoticed before you,
Invisible, in a cloud of secret pain.“
— Conrad Aiken American novelist and poet 1889 - 1973
The House of Dust (1916 - 1917)
„The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and a thousand other things well.“
— Hugh Walpole New Zealand writer 1884 - 1941
Said at Keswick, as quoted in The Education Outlook (1926) Vol. 78
„In the happy night, In secret, when none saw me,
Nor I beheld aught, Without light or guide, save that which burned in my heart.“
— John of the Cross Spanish mystic and Roman Catholic saint 1542 - 1591
Dark Night of the Soul
„One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.“
— Lewis Carroll English writer, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer 1832 - 1898
This is a paraphrase of statement in a thank you note from Carroll to a childhood friend, the actress Ellen Terry, published in Ellen Terry, Player in Her Time (1997), p. 126 https://books.google.com/books?id=2PkzZ9KaRlwC&lpg=PA126&vq=%22do%20for%20others%22&pg=PA126#v=snippet&q=%22do%20for%20others%22&f=fals by Nina Auerbach: "... and so you have found out that secret — one of the deep secrets of Life — that all, that is really worth the doing, is what we do for others?"
— Matthew Arnold English poet and cultural critic who worked as an inspector of schools 1822 - 1888
"To a Friend" (1849), line 9-12
Contexto: But be his
My special thanks, whose even-balanced soul,
From first youth tested up to extreme old age,
Business could not make dull, nor passion wild;
Who saw life steadily, and saw it whole.
„I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service is joy.“
— Rabindranath Tagore Bengali polymath 1861 - 1941
Quoted often without citation http://www.tagorefoundationinternational.com http://rupkatha.com/V2/n4/11Tagorephilosohy.pdf
Compare this verse verse written by Ellen Sturgis Hooper:
::"I slept, and dreamed that life was Beauty;
I woke, and found that life was Duty."