"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]

But how can I communicate with the gods, who am a pencil maker on earth, and not be insane?

[: Thoreau, A week on the Concord and Merimac Rivers]

Posted by rebeccap on 03.21.2011

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