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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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21st Mar 2010, 03:12   | tags:,

Viv says:

that's definitely an it's Spring picture!

21st Mar 2010, 10:54

minushabens says:

wonderful! wonderful! wonderful!

21st Mar 2010, 12:41

Rick says:

I saw geese thursday, none since, though. I love to hear their honking!

21st Mar 2010, 15:44

Factotum says:

I love the way you can hear them honking long before you can see them and long after they're gone. These guys were moving right along.

21st Mar 2010, 16:45

mara says:

great one Factotrum

21st Mar 2010, 21:20

Dhamaka says:


21st Mar 2010, 22:13

taniwha says:

makes the heart sing

22nd Mar 2010, 10:25

swamprose says:


they never leave here. saw them flying south yesterday, down Bathurst. yours are better.

22nd Mar 2010, 14:27

Wendle says:

Awesome shot!

22nd Mar 2010, 20:10