"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]

You can always tell employees of the government by the total vacancy which occupies the space where most other people have faces.

[Government employees: John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces]

Posted by stronzo on 06.15.2009

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