"In order that the mind may not be taxed, moreover, by the manifold and confused reading of so many such things, and in order to prevent the escape of something valuable that we have read, heard, or discovered through the process of thinking itself, it will be found very useful to entrust to notebooks ... those things which seem noteworthy and striking."

[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]

Vladimir: That helped to pass the time. Estragon: It would have passed in any case. Vladimir: Yes, but not so rapidly.

[: Beckett, Waiting for Godot ]

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