"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]

He was the awkwardest speaker in the world apart from the lore of the sea, but there are times when it requires a high courage to speak the banal.

[Banality: Thornton Wilder, The Bridge of San Luis Rey]

Posted by stronzo on 05.24.2011

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