"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]

"If you take nature as your teacher she will teach you exactly the lessons you had already decided to learn; this is only another way of saying that nature does not teach."

[Nature: C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves]

Posted by Jonathan Schindler on 06.09.2009

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