Esoterics use the name 'shells' to designate bodies discarded by the soul, tenements emptied of life. The 'facts' of history, its dates, battles, marches and countermarches, alarums and excursions, are shells, hollow shells into which the historian vainly seeks to pour the life of his own quick imagination. Such life as they may seem to gain is fictive; their own has passed on and cannot be recalled. The melee of history, 'joust of life,' is ever pushing forward to new fronts, leaving on the abandoned field a debris of discarded vehicles, empty shells.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Potent Quotables: Shells
Taken from Stuart Gilbert's famous study of Ulysses: