The Years, Virginia Woolf
Each chapter begins with a description of the weather and a panoramic narration that takes us across fields, country lanes, rain-soaked London streets then up into the sky.
This is Woolf’s, possibly subconscious, swansong, where she bids farewell to the present through a dreamlike journey through her past.
Tess of the d’Urbervilles
“The beauty or ugliness of a character lay not only in its achievements, but in its aims and impulses; its true history lay, not among things done, but among things willed.”
― Thomas Hardy,
The Story of England. Christopher Hibbert.
“After a while I went out and left the hospital and walked back to the hotel in the rain”
“The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled. Each evening we see the sun set. We know that the earth is turning away from it. Yet the knowledge, the explanation, never quite fits the sight.”
― John Berger, Ways of Seeing
“Most memorable things are bound to the place where they happen, and cannot be imagined without their setting, which is why people like to choose where they are married, or commemorated, and usually remember where they fell in love or heard calamities. If architecture is background, it becomes more important, not less.”
– Chapter 3, The True Fake.
Why We Build, Rowan Moore
“I saw that she didn’t want to answer that question and so I asked again: when mouths close it’s because there’s something important to be said.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Witch Of Portobello
“How objects are handed on is all about story-telling. I am giving you this because I love you. Or because it was given to me. Because I bought it somewhere special. Because you will care for it. Because it will complicate your life. Because it will make someone else envious. There is no easy story in legacy. What is remembered and what is forgotten?”
― Edmund de Waal, The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Family’s Century of Art and Loss
“Sometimes we get sad about things and we don’t like to tell other people that we are sad about them. We like to keep it a secret. Or sometimes, we are sad but we really don’t know why we are sad, so we say we aren’t sad but we really are.”
― Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
“Being put in our place by something larger, older, greater than ourselves is not a humiliation; it should be accepted as a relief from our insanely hopeful ambitions for our lives.”
― Alain de Botton, Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer’s Guide to the Uses of Religion
“Sometimes, I feel the past and the future pressing so hard on either side that there’s no room for the present at all.”
― Evelyn Waugh
“Outside the arch, always there seemed another arch. And beyond the remotest echo, a silence.”
― E.M. Forster
“Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind.”
― Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca