Tuesday, May 7, 2013

from "The World of Yesterday"

I have nothing left of my past but what I carry in my head. I regard memory not as a phenomenon preserving one thing and losing another by chance, but as a power that deliberately places events in order or wisely omits them. Everything we forget about our lives was condemned to oblivion by instinct long ago. So I ask my memory to speak to me and choose for me and to recollect my life before it sinks into the dark.

-- Stefan Zweig