Saturday, April 05, 2008

On Loveliness, Memories and Salvation

"You are told a lot about your education, but some beautiful, sacred memory, preserved since childhood, is perhaps the best education of all. If a man carries many such memories into life with him, he is saved for the rest of his days. And even if only one good memory is left in our hearts, it may also be the instrument of our salvation one day."

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


"Into my heart's treasury
I slipped a coin
That time cannot take
Nor a thief purloin.

Oh better than the minting
of a gold-crowned king
Is the safe-kept memory
Of a lovely thing."

--Sara Teasdale


Cindy Fey said...

If there is a memory that will save my life, it is sitting at the glass and black wrought iron coffee table in my grandmother's sunroom, cutting rhubarb stalks from the garden into short pieces with a paring knife, washing them in a bowl of water, then dipping them into a tiny bowl of sugar. My mouth waters now, remembering the sweet and tart crunch.

Julia Buckley said...

What a beautifully expressed memory! It reminds me of Proust and his madeleines. :)