"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]

A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth glancing at.

[Utopia: Oscar Wilde, ]

Posted by rp on 11.23.2010

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"'You know her curiously shrill voice?' 'Yes; she is a peacock in everything but beauty.'"

[peacocks: Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray]

Posted by Jonathan Schindler on 06.09.2009

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Fox hunting is the unspeakable in pursuit of the inedible

[fox hunting: Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance, 1893]

Posted by Michael Seidel on 03.25.2009

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