"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]

The dead are dead, and the truth is that one forgets about people when they stop coming to dinner. There are exceptions of course--namely, the people one forgets during dinner.

[Dinner guests: Edward St. Aubyn, Never Mind]

Posted by stronzo on 03.26.2012

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