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A Necklace of Memorable Days

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"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 agonising preoccupation with self."

Iris Murdoch, The Nice and The Good

What sort of diary should I like mine to be? Something loose-knit and yet not slovenly, so elastic that it will embrace anything, solemn, slight or beautiful, that comes into my mind. I should like it to resemble some deep old desk or capacious hold-all, in which one flings a mass of odds and ends without looking them through. I should like to come back, after a year or two, and find that the collection had sorted itself and refined itself and coalesced, as such deposits so mysteriously do, into a mould, transparent enough to reflect the light of our life, and yet steady, tranquil compounds with the aloofness of a work of art. The main requisite, I think, on reading my old volumes, is not to play the part of a censor, but to write as the mood comes or of anything whatever; since I was curious to find how I went for things put in haphazard, and found the significance to lie where I never saw it at the time.

V. Woolf

" She strung the afternoon on the necklace of memorable days, which was not too long for her to be able to recall this one or that one; this view, that city; to finger it, to feel it, to savour, sighing, the quality that made it unique."

Virginia Woolf, Moments of Being

"Why did I write any of my books, after all? For the sake of the pleasure, for the sake of the difficulty. I have no social purpose, no moral message; I've no general ideas to exploit, I just like composing riddles with elegant solutions."

Vladamir Nabokov

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30th May 2009, 02:05  

factotum says:

On a windy day, his right arm waves in a really frightening way!

30th May 2009, 03:13

Sprocket says:

he scares me, I'm glad they've roped him down round the throat

30th May 2009, 06:36

JokerXL says:

Look at that numpty up there on the roof.
What a clown!

30th May 2009, 11:20

paintist says:

the stuff of nightmares.....

30th May 2009, 11:28

Viv says:

certainly is!

30th May 2009, 12:11

beth says:


30th May 2009, 12:33

swamprose says:

terrifying thing...I once met a man whose real name was Ronald MacDonald. He was an angry man.

3rd Jun 2009, 14:09