"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]

ANSA reported that Mr. Berlusconi, in Warsaw, said that anyone who dared criticize the candidates “should be ashamed of themselves.” He added that he did not want anyone “smelly or badly dressed" running for the European Parliament, like the candidates “of some other parties.”

[Berlusconi: Rachel Donadio, NY Times]

Posted by stronzo on 05.14.2009


"Primarily a businessman with massive holdings and influence in international media, he was regarded by many as a political dilettante who gained his high office only through use of his considerable influence on the national media until he was forced out of office in 2006...hated by many but respected by all at least for his bella figura (personal style) and the sheer force of his will."

[Berlusconi: Anon., Leaked White House Press Kit]

Posted by stronzo on 07.17.2008


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