"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]

Joyce's version of honi soit qui mal y pense; "O'Neill saw Queen Molly's pants"

[portmanteau: James Joyce, Finnegans Wake, p.495]

Posted by Michael Seidel on 04.01.2009

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Fox hunting is the unspeakable in pursuit of the inedible

[fox hunting: Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance, 1893]

Posted by Michael Seidel on 03.25.2009

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Civilized man is that being who when asked a rational question can give a rational answer

[rational man: Ernst Cassirer, Essay on Man, p. 6]

Posted by Michael Seidel on 03.25.2009

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