"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]

Man's a strange animal and makes strange use/ Of his own nature and the various arts,/ And likes particularly to produce/ Some new experiment to show his parts./ This is the age of oddities let loose,/ Where different talents find their different marts./ You'd best begin with truth, and when you've lost your/ Labour, there's a sure market for imposture.

[Invention: Byron, Don Juan]

Posted by stronzo on 06.29.2008


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