First Night Design | ‘What I most dread is that life should slip by unnoticed…’


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Writer Raymond Mortimer, Frances Partridge (then Marshall) and Dadie Rylands.

‘What I most dread is that life should slip by unnoticed, like a scene half glimpsed from a railway carriage window. What I want most is to be always reacting to something in my surroundings, whether a complex of visual sensations, a physical activity like skating or making love, or a concentrated process of thought; but nothing must be passively accepted, everything modified by passing it through my consciousness as worm does earth.

From a 1940 diary entry by Frances Partridge [1900 – 2004], a part of the Bloomsbury Group who outlasted them all.

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Frances Partridge Diaries 1939-1972

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

4 thoughts on “First Night Design | ‘What I most dread is that life should slip by unnoticed…’

  1. Great snippet Sarah! What a wonderful way to express it – I agree with all she says. It may not often be easy to be in control of things but passivity doesn’t work for me! I’m off to do battle with my garden and rip up some stinging nettles!

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