"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]

"The peculiarity of prudery is to multiply sentinels, in proportion as the fortress is less threatened."

[prudery: Victor Hugo, Les Miserables]

Posted by Jonathan Schindler on 06.09.2009

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