"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]

His face was smooth and oval and pale and he had very brown, anxious eyes that made you think of a doctor's eyes when he is doing something to you that hurts.

[Faces: Eric Ambler, A Coffin For Dimitrios]

Posted by stronzo on 12.26.2009

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In a dying civilization, political prestige is the reward not of the shrewdest diagnostician, but of the man with the best bedside manner.

[Decline: Eric Ambler, A Coffin For Dimitrios]

Posted by stronzo on 12.26.2009

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Lattimer turned to watch the subject of these reflections carefully, almost lovingly, adjusting the coffee percolator, and thought how difficult it was to dislike a man when he is making coffee for you.

[Caffeine: Eric Ambler, A Coffin For Dimitrios]

Posted by stronzo on 12.26.2009

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