"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]

Many people make a great mistake who, having been angry, get angry with themselves for having been angry, or feel sorrow for having been sorrowful, or spite themselves for having been spiteful, because this way they keep their hearts soaked and drowned in anger, and so it seems that the second anger removes the first, but what it does nevertheless is that it makes an opening and a passageway for a new anger at the first opportunity that presents itself. Furthermore, anger, resentment, and bitterness toward oneself tend toward pride and have their origin in self-esteem.

[spiritual life: Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life]

Posted by Jeff on 01.18.2013

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