"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]

Maybe a certain Grossenwahn [delusion of grandeur] is inherent in the German nature. If only nations would realise that they have certain natural characteristics; if only they could understand and agree to each other's particular nature, how much simpler it would all be.

[National character: D.H. Lawrence, Twilight in Italy]

Posted by stronzo on 04.13.2009

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