A Note on Time from Julian Barnes

Friday, January 6, 2012

"We live in time--it holds us and moulds us--but I've never felt I understood it very well. And I'm not referring to theories about how it bends and doubles back, or may exist elsewhere in parallel versions. No, I mean ordinary, everyday time, which clocks and watches assure us passes regularly... And yet it takes only the smallest pleasure or pain to teach us time's malleability. Some emotions speed it up, others slow it down; occassionally, it seems to go missing--until the eventual point when it really does go missing, never to return." - Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending