"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]

"The language of any war in the world is killing. I mean the language of war is victims. I don't like to kill people. I feel sorry they have been killed -- kids in 9/11. What will I do? This is the language."

[war: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, The New York Times]

Posted by Daniel on 06.29.2008

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