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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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27th Jul 2011, 02:48   | tags:,

Jane Doe says:

Wow. Just wow

27th Jul 2011, 08:02

Helen says:

Ooooh lovely. I would love to spend some time under a pool.

27th Jul 2011, 08:13

crickson says:

Those things always make me nervous. As a gentleman, you have to be very confident that your swimming attire preserves your modesty from all angles...

27th Jul 2011, 08:53

Dania says:

Wow.

27th Jul 2011, 11:12

wow indeed and cricksons comment made me chuckle............ thank you :D

27th Jul 2011, 11:55

mysteritmo says:

Fantastic shots all of them :)

27th Jul 2011, 13:07

Viv says:

love these

:) @ Crickson

27th Jul 2011, 13:26

Dhamaka says:

so cool!

28th Jul 2011, 21:28

MaggieD says:

Love that top shot, and a :) @ Crickson

29th Jul 2011, 20:12

euphoria420 says:

ahahaa cool i wana swim in one

1st Aug 2011, 21:54