"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]

It's all noted in our genes. God toys with us; He experiments with us in a test of reward and punishment, omniscience and free choice..... For me there also awaits somewhere an ovary and a womb that will give birth to my son or daughter. God is the sum total not only of all deeds but also of all the possibilities.

[On free will and fate in God.: Isaac Bashevis Singer, Love and Exile: An Autobiographical Trilogy]

Posted by Alina Stefanescu Coryell on 06.25.2009


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