"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]

Man is the only animals that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are, and what they ought to be.

[Laughing animal: William Hazlitt, On Comedy]

Posted by stronzo on 01.07.2010

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