"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]

"The truth is most people, for some reason, hold back, and only put out 80% effort."

[effort: Mark Spitz, Wall Street Journal]

Posted by Daniel on 08.22.2008


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