"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]

"In some cases it is really more creditable to be carried away by an emotion, however unreasonable, which springs from a great love, than to be unmoved."

[Love: Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov]

Posted by Jonathan Schindler on 07.07.2009

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