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“It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone. That is where the writer scores over his fellows: he catches the changes of his mind on the hop.”

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source: Selections from Twelve Days (1928), in Vita Sackville-West: Selected Writings, ed. by Mary Ann Caws (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003), 125.

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“Life doesn’t hold still. A good snapshot stopped a moment from running away. Photography taught me that to be able to capture transience, by being ready to click the shutter at the crucial moment, was the greatest need I had.”

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source: One Writer’s Beginnings (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1984), 84.

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