"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]

Emilio no longer even felt the need to pretend indifference; it had almost crystallized in his initial effort. He would have been able to go to sleep with that vapid smile and that serenity sitting on his face like a mask. Pretense of that kind went far below the epiderm.

[dissimulation: Svevo, Emilio's Carnival]

Posted by stronzo on 04.13.2009


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