Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Works that Changed my Life - Three

Works that Changed my Life

I Capture the Castle

Dodie Smith - I Capture the Castle

Cassandra: I write this sitting in the kitchen sink. That is, my feet are in it; the rest of me is on the draining-board, which I have padded with our dog's blanket and the tea-cosy.

Cassandra: When I read a book, I put in all the imagination I can, so that it is almost like writing the book as well as reading it.

Cassandra: Contemplation seems to be about the only luxury that costs nothing.

Cassandra: He stood staring into the wood for a minute, then said: "What is it about the English countryside — why is the beauty so much more than visual? Why does it touch one so?" He sounded faintly sad. Perhaps he finds beauty saddening — I do myself sometimes. Once when I was quite little I asked father why this was and he explained that it was due to our knowledge of beauty's evanescence, which reminds us that we ourselves shall die. Then he said I was probably too young to understand him; but I understood perfectly.

Tim Fywell - I Capture the Castle

Cassandra: I am never going to fall in love. Life is dangerous enough.

Cassandra: There's only the last page left to write on. I'll fill it with words of just one syllable. I love. I have loved. I will love.