"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 really believe that the police help the criminal not to come to repentance. By dint of the continual recording and repeating of his life history the criminal attains such dexterity in recounting his story by rote that the ideality of recollection is extruded. It requires great ideality to repent really, and especially to repent straightaway; though nature may also help a man, and the tardy repentance, which has little to do with memory, is often the most real and profound.

[Existential Detectives: Kierkegaard, Stages on Life's Way]

Posted by stronzo on 07.14.2009

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