Thursday, February 12, 2009


Looks Welsh.

As typed on a piece of paper many years ago by a friend who admired (then, at least) Virginia Woolf. Formatting is my friend’s.

I wouldn’t call this a design for living in peace. For one thing, it’s possible to stop hating and simply not forgive. Stopping loving is another matter. A love that’s past ossifies, or recedes; something. They have different afterlifes.

What is meant by "reality"?
It would seem to be something very erratic, very undependable--now to be found in a dusty road, now in a scrap of newspaper in the street, now in a daffodil in the sun. It lights up a group in a room and stamps some casual saying. It overwhelms one walking home beneath the stars and makes the silent world more real than the world of speech--and then there it is again in an omnibus in the uproar of Piccadilly. Sometimes, too, it seems to dwell in shapes too far awy for us to discern what their nature is. But whatever is touches, it fixes and makes permanent. That is what remains over when the skin of the day has been cast into the hedge; that is what is left of past time and of our loves and hates.

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