Thursday, June 26, 2014

The rigorous diary

Why do we journal? What is the purpose of our journals? What do we use them for?

I have been doing a bit of research on diaries and journals and have become a little obsessed with these questions. The answers are so varied and so fascinating that I started to collect quotes from some of the journals I have encountered in my research. They only offer tiny glimpses, of course, but I thought I'd share some of them with you as I go along.

Today's quote is from C.S. Lewis, who wrote in his diary on June 20, 1923 at age 24:

"Decided at whatever cost of labour to start my diary rigorously again, which has been dropped during Schools, as I think the day to day continuity helps one to see the larger movement and pay less attention to each damned day in itself . . . "

From All my road before me: the diary of C.S. Lewis, 1922-1927, edited by Walter Hooper


  1. Fascinating! I look forward to the rest of your research!

    1. Thanks, Naomi! I have a small, but growing list. Can't wait to post the next one! :)


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