"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 great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.

[prejudice: William James, ]

Posted by Jeff on 05.22.2012

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Truly you cannot read too much in Scripture, and what you read, you cannot read too well, and what you read well, you cannot understand too well; what you understand well, you cannot teach too well; and what you teach well, you cannot live too well.

[Christian life: Martin Luther, ]

Posted by Jeff on 08.25.2011

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While Le Corbusier was often to be envied for his success, he was also frequently censured for his failure. Above all he was taken to task for the poor quality of environment that his imitators produced.

[le corbusier: Alexander Tzonis, ]

Posted by rebeccap on 06.08.2011

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'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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Why do precisely these objects which we behold make a world?

[: Henry David Thoreau, ]

Posted by rebeccap on 03.21.2011

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And the day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

[growth: Anis Nin, ]

Posted by rp on 01.12.2011

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A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth glancing at.

[Utopia: Oscar Wilde, ]

Posted by rp on 11.23.2010

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Death aims with fouler spite At fairer marks.

[Death: Francis Quarles, ]

Posted by rp on 07.27.2010

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"Open your eyes and look at what I am, For you have seen such things that you are able Now to withstand the vision of my smile!" (Paradise XXIII, 46-48)

[Beatrice, smiling: Dante, ]

Posted by rebeccap on 05.05.2010

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Within its depths I saw gathered together, Bound by love into a single volume, Leaves that lie scattered through the universe. (Paradise XXXIII, 85-87)

[: Dante, ]

Posted by rebeccap on 05.05.2010

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I shall be born when and where I want, and I do not choose to be born in Lowell.

[On claiming falsely to have been born in Russia.: Whistler, ]

Posted by rebeccap on 03.15.2010

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If silicon were a gas, I would have been a general one day.

[On writing a poor essay at military school.: James Abbott McNeill Whistler, ]

Posted by rebeccap on 03.15.2010

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On First Looking into Chapman's Homer Much have I travell'd in the realms of gold, And many goodly states and kingdoms seen; Round many western islands have I been Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold. Oft of one wide expanse had I been told That deep-browed Homer ruled as his demesne; Yet did I never breathe its pure serene Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold: Then felt I like some watcher of the skies When a new planet swims into his ken; Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes He star'd at the Pacific — and all his men Look'd at each other with a wild surmise — Silent, upon a peak in Darien.

[inspiration: Keats, 1816, ]

Posted by rebeccap on 01.06.2010

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Tis strange the mind, that very fiery particle, Should let itself be snuffed out by an Article.

[criticism: Byron, on Keats' savaging by critics, ]

Posted by rp on 11.08.2009

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"You care for nothing but shooting, dogs, and rat-catching and you will be a disgrace to yourself and all your family."

[teenage Charles Darwin: Charles Darwin's father, ]

Posted by Daniel on 10.15.2009

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