"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]

It is true that he gives all things; he sustains and preserves everyone. But if you do not want to use what you are able to put to use, that is tempting God. It is his will that you put to use what you have at hand, that which he has given you and placed at your disposal, not that you close your mouth and let his creation go. He has given it to you. He will not perform a miracle for you when it is not necessary.

[God's action and human action: Martin Luther, Sermon on Gen 6, 1523]

Posted by Jeff on 08.24.2011

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