Friday, August 31, 2012

The Door of Memory

A door in the Bund area of Shanghai - a photo
from one of my recent memories
I subscribe to the Foundation for a Better Life's daily email, and once in a while one of their quotes really strikes me. Here's one that I think speaks particularly to those of us who write memoir because memoir is ultimately not about the big moments, but about how we manage the small ones.

"Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory.”

Susan Brownell Anthony
American Civil Rights Leader


  1. Beautiful quote, Annette. And it's so right on the money. I loved the phrase 'door of memory'

    1. Nancy - glad you liked it. "Door of memory" is indeed a great phrase, so poetic.

  2. Great quote, and I love your photo for this post.

    1. Diane - glad you like the photo. I was looking through my files for a photo of a door and then I remembered (!) taking that one in Shanghai.