"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]

"He [Buddha] thought at an early stage in his life that he could become happy by living in a forest and starving himself close to death. He found that this did not work and concluded that it was not the right way."

[asceticism reconsidered: Dalai Lama, The Leader's Way]

Posted by Daniel on 03.14.2009

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