"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]

I shall be born when and where I want, and I do not choose to be born in Lowell.

[On claiming falsely to have been born in Russia.: Whistler, ]

Posted by rebeccap on 03.15.2010

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