"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]

"That is the way fear serves us: it always takes the side of the thing that we are afraid of."

[Fear: George MacDonald, The Princess and the Goblin]

Posted by Jonathan Schindler on 06.09.2009

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