"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]

"I hope," said Mark Bitterly, "that one day you fall irrevocably for some unresponsive manufacturer of plastic ferns." He slammed through the green baize door and immediately returned. "I didn't mean that."

[Putdowns to Botanists: Penelope Lively, According to Mark]

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