"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]

"Is it so good?" said Don Quixote. "So good is it," replied Gines, "that a fig for 'Lazarillo de Tormes,' and all of that kind that have been written, or shall be written compared with it: all I will say about it is that it deals with facts, and facts so neat and diverting that no lies could match them." "And how is the book entitled?" asked Don Quixote. "The 'Life of Gines de Pasamonte,'" replied the subject of it. "And is it finished?" asked Don Quixote. "How can it be finished," said the other, "when my life is not yet finished?''

[life, biography: Cervantes, Don Quixote]

Posted by rebeccap on 08.19.2009


"'What's an adventuring knight?' the servant asked. 'Are you so new to the world that you don't know?' replied Sancho Panza. 'Well, let me tell you, my sister, in just a few words, that an adventuring knight is someone who's beaten and then finds himself emperor. Today he's the most unfortunate creature in the world, and the poorest, and tomorrow he'll have the crowns of two or three kingdoms to give to his squire.'"

[knight-errantry: Cervantes, Don Quixote]

Posted by Jonathan Schindler on 06.09.2009


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