"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]

Man is capable of understanding everything – the vibration of ether and the radiation of the sun; but he can never comprehend why another person should blow his nose in a manner different from his own.

[Bazarov: Turgenev, Fathers and Sons]

Posted by stronzo on 04.09.2009

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