Quotes from The Year of Fog

Michelle Richmond ·  369 pages

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“We take pictures because we can't accept that everything passes, we can't accept that the repetition of a moment is an impossibility. We wage a monotonous war against our own impending deaths, against time that turns children into that other, lesser species: adults. We take pictures because we know we will forget. We will forget the week, the day, the hour. We will forget when we were happiest. We take pictures out of pride, a desire to have the best of ourselve preserved. We fear that we will die and others will not know we lived.”
― Michelle Richmond, quote from The Year of Fog


“...You find a way, somehow to get through the most horrible things, things you think would kill you. You find a way and you move through the days, one by one, in shock, in despair, but you move. The days pass, one after the other, and you go along with them - occasionally stunned, and not entirely relieved, to find that you are still alive.”
― Michelle Richmond, quote from The Year of Fog


“Some people have a gift for making you feel okay, just by the fact of their presence.”
― Michelle Richmond, quote from The Year of Fog


“I have a hunch that our obsession with photography arises from an unspoken pessimism; it is our nature to believe the good things will not last. . . But photos provide a false sense of security> like our flawed memory, they are guaranteed to fade. . . . We take photographs in order to remember, but it is in the nature of a photograph to forget (pg 157)”
― Michelle Richmond, quote from The Year of Fog


“As the years progress and we experience more and more, the mini-narratives that make up our lives are distorted, corrupted, so that every one of us is left with a false history, a self-created fiction about the live we have led. pg 163”
― Michelle Richmond, quote from The Year of Fog



“Tragedy, in its full and life-altering form, happened to other people.”
― Michelle Richmond, quote from The Year of Fog


“I had never really thought of children as people, just as mysterious and needy creatures on their way to something greater.”
― Michelle Richmond, quote from The Year of Fog


“56 percent of learned information is forgotten within an hour of being encoded. By the time one day has passed, another 10 percent is gone. A month after the information is learned, 80 percent of it has vanished. How”
― Michelle Richmond, quote from The Year of Fog


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Michelle Richmond
Born place: Demopolis, Alabama, The United States
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