H. G. Wells quote about memory from The Time Machine - If only I had thought of a Kodak! I could have flashed that glimpse of the Underworld in a second, and examined it at leisure.
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If only I had thought of a Kodak! I could have flashed that glimpse of the Underworld in a second, and examined it at leisure.
 H. G. Wells, The Time Machine (1895). copy citation

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Author H. G. Wells
Source The Time Machine
Topic memory photography
Date 1895
Language English
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“When I had started with the Time Machine, I had started with the absurd assumption that the men of the Future would certainly be infinitely ahead of ourselves in all their appliances. I had come without arms, without medicine, without anything to smoke—at times I missed tobacco frightfully—even without enough matches. If only I had thought of a Kodak! I could have flashed that glimpse of the Underworld in a second, and examined it at leisure. But, as it was, I stood there with only the weapons and the powers that Nature had endowed me with—hands, feet, and teeth; these, and four safety-matches that still remained to me.
'I was afraid to push my way in among all this machinery in the dark, and it was only with my last glimpse of light I discovered that my store of matches had run low.” source

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