"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]

"A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell and actually make you look forward to the journey."

[diplomacy: Dan Gillerman, NY Times Magazine, July 20 2008]

Posted by Daniel on 07.21.2008

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