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Random note

When I read, I scribble on pieces of papers, which serves both as my bookmark and my notepad. One day I found this piece of paper lying among the stack of papers and for a long while I can’t remember where I read them:

When I consider the brevity of my life, swallowed up as it is in the eternity that precedes and will follow it, the tiny space I occupy and what is visible to me, cast as I am into a vast infinity of spaces that I know nothing of and which know nothing of me, I take flight, I am stunned to find myself here rather than elsewhere, for there is no reason why it should be here rather than there, and now rather than then. Who set me here? By whose order and under what guiding destiny was this time, this place assigned to me? – Pascal, Pensées

Then it came back to me. It came from the Preface of the book Every Move You Make by David Malouf. 😉

About JoV

A bookaholic that went out of control.... I eat, sleep and breathe books. Well, lately I do other stuff.


7 thoughts on “Random note

  1. I think he would have been better off ending the thought before those last two sentences.

    Posted by rhapsodyinbooks | May 23, 2010, 2:23 am
  2. Interesting quote, even more interesting that you found it randomly when you’d forgotten about where you’d got it from. I love finding old notes and then figuring out where there from.

    Posted by jessicabookworm | May 23, 2010, 8:56 pm
    • @ jessica.
      I’m really not the sort who write notes on pieces of paper if it wasn’t to use it for bookmark! But I do like to find some of those long forgotten scribbling on my notebooks and wonder at what state of mind and what is the reason I wrote them. 🙂

      Posted by JoV | May 23, 2010, 9:06 pm
  3. That´s a great thing to re-discover! :)I leave pieces of paper and weird bookmark-ish things in my books all the time.

    Posted by Bina | May 25, 2010, 9:17 pm
    • @Bina, I think it’s great to get a small suprises on the things we wrote in little pieces of paper. That gives me a valid reason not to use notepad from my PC, mobile phone or PDA. 😉

      Posted by JoV | May 26, 2010, 9:26 pm
  4. I was amazed that a three and a half hour movie (Benjamin Button) came out of a 21 page short story. It was a case of enjoying the film more, for me; I’ve never quite understood the accolades that Fitzgerald has been given.

    Posted by Bellezza | June 4, 2010, 10:13 am

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Hold Tight
The Fault in Our Stars
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
The Thief
Catching Fire
A Tale for the Time Being
Into the Darkest Corner
The Liars' Gospel
Goat Mountain
Strange Weather In Tokyo
Strange Shores
And the Mountains Echoed
Ten White Geese
One Step Too Far
The Innocents
The General: The ordinary man who became one of the bravest prisoners in Guantanamo
White Dog Fell from the Sky
A Virtual Love
The Fall of the Stone City

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Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. - Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

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