Thursday, December 09, 2010

And more time

And this is William H. Gass:

It is a suggestion, I think, of Schopenhauer ... that what we remember of our own past depends very largely on what of it we’ve put or tongue to telling and retelling. It’s our words, roughly, we remember; oblivion claims the rest – forgetfulness. Historians make more history than the men they write about, and because we render our experience in universals, experience becomes repetitious (for if events do not repeat, accounts do), and time doubles back in confusion like a hound which has lost the scent.

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