"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]

'What is man, that he conceives projects!' And there were other projects I toyed with...They dance before me like miserable mosquitos on a dim wall no longer illuminated by the bright sun of a happy time, each of them engorged with a drop of my blood.

[writing: Hugo Hofmannsthal, ]

Posted by rp on 03.27.2011

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"Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the universities stifle writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher."

[Writing: Flannery O'Connor, The Nature and Aim of Fiction]

Posted by Jonathan Schindler on 10.07.2009

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