"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]

What the elegant laws of supply and demand really describe is the antics of an animal which has confused excrement with aliment and does not know it, and which, like infantile sexuality, pursues no “real aim.” Having no real aim, acquistiveness, as Aristotle correctly said, has no limit.

[Excrement and Aliment: Norman O. Brown, "Filthy Lucre"]

Posted by stronzo on 07.21.2009

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