Oliver Wendell Holmes  (1858) 

The Deacon’s Masterpiece, or  The Wonderful One-Hoss Shay 


Have you heard of the Wonderful One-Hoss Shay,

That was built in such a logical way,

It ran for a hundred years to the day.

All of a sudden it - - ah but stay.

I’ll tell you what happened without delay

You see of course, if you’re not a dunce.

How it went to pieces all at once-

All at once but nothing first,

Just as bubbles do when they burst.




Oscar Wilde  (1891) -  The Picture of Dorian Gray


Chapter 2

“How sad it is!  I shall grow old, and horrible, and dreadful.  But the picture will remain always young…   If it were the other way!   If it were I who was to be always young, and the picture that was to grow old!   For that - for that - I would give everything.”





Marcel Proust (1909)   A la Recherche du Temps Perdu


A intense childhood memory was triggered by the taste of tea and a madeleine cake.




Orson Welles (1941) Citizen Kane


Mr. Bernstein (Everett Sloane):  “A fellow will remember a lot of things you wouldn’t think he’d remember.  You take me.  One day, back in 1896, I was crossing over to Jersey on the ferry, as we pulled out, there was another ferry pulling in, and on it there was a girl waiting to get off.  A white dress she had on.  She was carrying a white parasol.  I only saw her for one second.  She didn’t see me at all, but I’ll bet a month hasn’t gone by since, that I haven’t thought of that girl.”