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Each had his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart; and his friends could only read the title. Options
Daemon
Posted: Monday, December 22, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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Each had his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart; and his friends could only read the title.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)
Bully_rus
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Past is very important for proper growth and development of the future… Be careful with the past.
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Sometimes our memory deceives us and our past becomes distorted.
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Not to cut off past and future thoughts ... nor to live within the everyday mind: then the Great Way is right before one's eyes...





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Daemon wrote:
Each had his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart; and his friends could only read the title.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Why the past tense? I would say: "Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart; & his friends can only read the title." I'd say this is true of everyone. It's definitely true of myself.
sandeep patra
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Secrets are meant to be hidden as their disclosure leads to discomfort.
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Bully_rus wrote:
Past is very important for proper growth and development of the future… Be careful with the past.


Maybe be careful with the present?:)
John Javier
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sandeep patra wrote:
Secrets are meant to be hidden as their disclosure leads to discomfort.

Quite wise what you said. I think it matches perfectly with the quote.


His friends could only read the title - It matches on nowadays context as well. People usually don't have a deep conversation as it used to be, rather than engage in a good conversation they get immersed in the technology bias. This picture sum very well it- https://twitter.com/jroy5/status/503594436862160897/photo/1
Dr WWWW
Posted: Monday, December 22, 2014 11:22:28 AM

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From Chapter 5 of Jacob's Room

The motor omnibuses were locked. Mr. Spalding going to the city looked at Mr. Charles Budgeon bound for Shepherd’s Bush. The proximity of the omnibuses gave the outside passengers an opportunity to stare into each other’s faces. Yet few took advantage of it. Each had his own business to think of. Each had his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart; and his friends could only read the title, James Spalding, or Charles Budgeon, and the passengers going the opposite way could read nothing at all—save “a man with a red moustache,” “a young man in grey smoking a pipe.”

I'm not sure the context adds much beyond the pithy phrase which is the Quote of the Day
Bully_rus
Posted: Monday, December 22, 2014 11:54:23 AM
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Ozolinsh V. wrote:
Bully_rus wrote:
Past is very important for proper growth and development of the future… Be careful with the past.


Maybe be careful with the present?:)


Present is just like an eye of a needle between future and past - too narrow for any manoeuvre.
Wanderer
Posted: Monday, December 22, 2014 11:58:08 AM

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I understand that she is considered important and full of pith and angst. After reading her books I came to the same conclusions she did. She was better off jumping into a lake. When I was young I remember hearing a sing-song phrase that went like this. "Jump in a lake, swallow a snake and die of a belly ache." Too mean? I think she would have liked it.
TB Turtle
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This quote is such a telling synopsis of Virginias life.

Such a tortured soul, that knew no one bothered to look deeper, past the Title Page.
John Javier
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[quote=Dr WWWW]From Chapter 5 of Jacob's Room

The motor omnibuses were locked. Mr. Spalding going to the city looked at Mr. Charles Budgeon bound for Shepherd’s Bush. The proximity of the omnibuses gave the outside passengers an opportunity to stare into each other’s faces. Yet few took advantage of it. Each had his own business to think of. Each had his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart; and his friends could only read the title, James Spalding, or Charles Budgeon, and the passengers going the opposite way could read nothing at all—save “a man with a red moustache,” “a young man in grey smoking a pipe.”

I can see it clearly now by the author perpective. That is great! Thanks for your collaboration Dr WWWW.
striker
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you have to learn from the past
Gary98
Posted: Monday, December 22, 2014 3:23:56 PM

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TB Turtle wrote:
This quote is such a telling synopsis of Virginias life.

Such a tortured soul, that knew no one bothered to look deeper, past the Title Page.


I wonder whether her mental breakdown has anything to do with all those stream of consciousness stuff.

It may be possible to look deeper and focus at some points, but not when another one is swaying and flipping among many abysmal points.
TB Turtle
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Gary98....so true.
rashalyn
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Our past should be a temporary station ,
we have to learn from our mistakes , take what is good , and move on.



ithink140
Posted: Monday, December 22, 2014 4:07:35 PM
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This quote is a truism rather beautifully put. It is also true that the locked in past usually dies with one… unless a memoir has been left behind, and even then it would be a fraction of that persons past.

It is not possible to move on from ones past since it will always influence and shape one. From ones past the future of that one arises. The past is a gift to a writer much valued since it fuels his/hers work.
blufire78
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wow... i am amazed at these simple but deep words.
it hurts to shut things away. they come out again to frighten you, to make you feel you've lost control. but- you really want your friends to see the cover title only...
Antram
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No-one is capable of reading the pages of our life, not even those family members we have shared much of it with. Our only means of communicating those pages is through writing an auto-biography, and then what skips and jumps we must make! And, autobiographies are notoriously not the hottest item on the bookstore's shelf, especially of those who feel compelled to try to converse with others the meaning of their life, its values, its humor, its disciplines, and its progression through the mind, heart and soul's capacities, that requires engaging with a Great Idea to bring forth in reality.
Runi
Posted: Monday, December 22, 2014 6:46:47 PM

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Damn. So much for being "as open as a book", as the phrase goes...

So beautiful and strong words.

One user of the Free Dictionary here - unforunately I can't remember his name, but he is Argentinian, if I'm not mistaken - put it quite well a couple of years ago, I think, when he wrote the following:

"I try not to be tied to the past while I cherish memories;
I try to make something of my days, yearning for tomorrow,
but whatever I do, I must do it today."
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