Any absorbing activity has this magical effect of taking you almost outside of time, until you look at the clock and feel as if it’s speeded ahead. It seemed appropriate to share this after we have put the clocks forward for summer.

‘Time never passes so quickly and unaccountably as when I am engaged in composition, writing down my thoughts. Clocks seem to have been put forward.’


Source: Henry David Thoreau,The Journal 1837-1861, 27 January 1858, Damion Searls (ed.), preface by John R. Stilgoe (New York: New York Review Books, 2009), p. 486

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