"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]

Stupidity is never surprised, neither is intelligence. They are complementary, and the whole conduct of human affairs depends on their cooperation.

[Intellect: William Gaddis, The Recognitions]

Posted by stronzo on 06.29.2008

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