Tuesday, April 08, 2008

TIme Is Never Lost, Only Forgotten

William Blake (1757-1827) - Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing, c. 1786

'Those who have created for themselves an enveloping inner life, pay little heed to the importance of current events. What alters profoundly the course of their thinking is much more something which seems to be of no importance in itself and yet which reverses the order of time for them, making them live over again an earlier period of their life. The song of a bird in the park of Montboissier, a breeze laden with the scent of mignonette, are obviously incidents of less importance than the outstanding dates of the Revolution and the Empire. Yet they inspired Chateaubriand in his Mémoires d'Outre-tombe to write pages of an infinitely greater value.'

Marcel Proust