Time as context, neatly summed up by James Rebanks.  You can’t understand the present without an awareness of the past, and at least a weather eye on the future.

Nothing makes sense without reference to what went before, and what comes afterwards.

See a quote by Osip Mandelstam, also on the contribution of the past to the present and future.  And enjoy our quote-packed bestellar review of Rebanks’ wonderful Shepherd’s Life.

Source: James Rebanks, The Shepherd’s Life (London: Allen Lane, 2015), p. 18

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