What is it that has etched itself into you?

Karl Ove Knausgård

“In the window before me I can vaguely see the image of my face.  Apart from my eyes, which are shining, and the part directly beneath, which dimly reflects light, the whole of the left side lies in shade.  Two deep furrows run down the forehead, one deep furrow runs down each cheek, all filled as it were with darkness, and when the eyes are staring and serious, and the mouth turned down at the corners it is impossible not to think of this face as somber.

What is it that has etched itself into you?”

~ Karl Ove Knausgaard (My Struggle: Book 2: A Man In Love. P.553)


I (finally) finished Knausgaard’s My Struggle: Book 1 and My Struggle: Book 2.  Highly recommended.

Related Post: That is when time begins to pick up speed (Karl Ove Knausgaard quote and bio)
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  1. Somehow the final question leaves me silent. Too many etches and grooves to count; too deep to adequately explain; too personal to fully acknowledge; too obvious to completely ignore.


  2. Wonderful. One of the most beautiful thing “Self-Observation” and I must say he is looking really Handsome a proof that age has it’s charm and grace.


  3. Its a hobby, of sorts, for me to watch people’s faces as they’re going about their business and me, mine. It started from a corporate team-building exercise where the presenter suggested we be more aware of what we are projecting through our facial expressions. David, were you the one who introduced me to the Goodmornings Project? Check it out on You Tube, its great. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srgAUJVy0-I


  4. Hopefully, we will see kindness and love etched into more faces than not.


  5. Watching myself and others age tells me that we become more and more of what we are, for better or worse. James Hillman says your character is your fate. Scary thought on the one hand, on the other, it inspires me to try to be a little more forgiving and kinder than when I was a youngin’.


  6. Life shouldn’t be that hard on a person.


  7. Etching by time and experience if taken positively leaves the face sombre and elegant.


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