"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]

"Hee is taken by the same meanes that the Unicorne is taken, for it is said by Albertus, Isidorus, and Alunnus, that above all creatures they love Virgins, and that unto them they will come be they never so wilde, and fall a sleepe before them, so being asleepe they are easily taken and carried away."

[rhinoceros capture: Conrad Gesner, The HIstorie of Foure-footed Beastes]

Posted by Daniel on 09.01.2008

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