"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]

"What can the well-disposed chap who's still on the booze do for his chum who's off it? Well, the first thing the chum doesn't need is a full-dress, Security Council-type discussion on why he's off it, how long for, etc., every time he asks for his Slimline on the rocks."

[not drinking: Kinglsey Amis, Everyday Drinking]

Posted by Daniel on 08.04.2008

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