“That is why she so desperately wants to have that parcel of notebooks and letters.
She knows, of course, that there are also quite a few unpleasant things in the notebooks, days of dissatisfaction, arguments, and even boredom, but that is not what matters. She does not want to give back to the past its poetry. She wants to give back to it its lost body. What is urging her on is not a desire for beauty. It is a desire for life.”
-Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting