"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]

"Once, when Schulz was a boy, on a melancholy evening his mother, Henrietta, walked into his room and found him feeding grains of sugar to the last houseflies to have survived the cold autumn. "Bruno," she asked, "why are you doing that?" "So they will have strength for the winter."

[Bruno Schulz: David Grossman, The New Yorker]

Posted by Daniel on 06.07.2009

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"A queen and a male, both winged, mate in the air: the nuptial flight, as it's known. The male dies, and the female, alighting in a new place, starts a colony. One mating session provides her with enough ant sperm to last a lifetime; she can produce an egg every few seconds for the rest of her life."

[fertility: Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker]

Posted by Daniel on 09.17.2008

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"Strive on diligently"—the reputed last words of the Buddha.

[religion: Buddha, The New Yorker]

Posted by Daniel on 07.11.2008

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