"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]

While humanity does not deserve to know them, those who judge by outward appearance alone would believe them to be very ordinary persons, though God takes great pleasure in them.

[Outward appearance: Madam Guyon, The Song of Songs of Solomon]

Posted by Jeff on 09.27.2011

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