"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]

So long as Aphrodite of Cyprus and her sweet son Eros breathe hot desire over our bosoms and our thighs, and so long as they cause our menfolk to suffer long, hard, truncheon-shaped tumescences -- then I believe that before long we will be known throughout Greece as the Liquidators of War.

[Peace: Aristophanes, Lysistrata]

Posted by stronzo on 09.30.2008

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