Monday, January 28, 2019

Timepiece Of The Mind

Time, unfortunately, though it makes animals and vegetables bloom and fade with amazing punctuality, has no such simple effect upon the mind of man.  The mind of man, moreover, works with equal strangeness upon the body of time.  An hour, once it lodges in the queer element of the human spirit, may be stretched to fifty or a hundred times its clock length; on the other hand, an hour may be accurately represented on the timepiece of the mind by one second.  This extraordinary discrepancy between time on the clock and time in the mind is less known than it should be and deserves fuller investigation.

-- Virginia Woolf (1882 - 1941), British writer, Orlando: A Biography, Chapter 2 (1928)

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