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Essays Irish and American

John Butler Yeats

In his delightful letters, of which extracts have been already published, and in his essays he lets us unconsciously into the secret of his meditation about his sitters. He is always discriminating between themselves and their ideas, searching for some lovable natural life. He complains in one of his essays that the American women whom he admires cannot be easily natural. They want so much to be the ideal daughter or the ideal wife or the ideal friend that poor ordinary human nature is not good enough for them. He perhaps never heard of Laotze-how few people know of that fount of wisdom-but Mr. Yeats, who is, I fancy, unhappy in the society of metaphysicians, economists or theorists, would, I believe, have loved the Chinese sage who made a religion with this law, "Be ye natural." All the other religions draw us away from hearth and home and love and dominate us by an overlaw, but Laotze alone among religious teachers heaves a sigh when he hears of someone setting out to reform the world because he knows there will be no end to it.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Outlook Verlag
  • Publish Date: Aug 24th, 2023
  • Pages: 46
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.00in - 6.00in - 0.25in - 0.53lb
  • EAN: 9783368917319
  • Categories: Literary
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