"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]

"Open your eyes and look at what I am, For you have seen such things that you are able Now to withstand the vision of my smile!" (Paradise XXIII, 46-48)

[Beatrice, smiling: Dante, ]

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Within its depths I saw gathered together, Bound by love into a single volume, Leaves that lie scattered through the universe. (Paradise XXXIII, 85-87)

[: Dante, ]

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