The past is a curious thing | George Orwell, 1939

George Orwell, On Walberswick Beach, 1934

“The past is a curious thing. It’s with you all the time. I suppose an hour never passes 
without your thinking of things that happened ten or twenty years ago, and yet most of 
the time it’s got no reality, it’s just a set of facts that you’ve learned, like a lot of stuff in 
a history book. Then some chance sight or sound or smell, especially smell, sets you 
going, and the past doesn’t merely come back to you, you’re actually in the past.”

George Orwell, Coming Up for Air, 1939

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