"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]

In this regard [never giving further thought to a decision once she had made it] the Duchess used to quote a remark of the charming General Pietranera: What insolence to myself! Why should I suppose I have more sense today than I when I made up my mind?

[Second thoughts: Stendhal, The Charterhouse of Parma]

Posted by stronzo on 07.15.2011

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