Book Quote of the Day

Posted: May 17, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Today, a summer-type book quote:

” ‘There’ll be bluebells in there before long – you can see the shoots now,’ I told him.

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 the 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 that I was probably too young to understand him; but I understood perfectly. “

 

– from I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith

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