"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]

About the editors of a certain magazine he wickedly remarked, in 1991, that “I could make those people very unhappy by describing them.”

[Poison Pens: Bellow, Letters]

Posted by stronzo on 11.28.2010

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