"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]

"Jesus took the highest wisdom of men and corrected it and readjusted it, because He was who He was. He did not need to argue; it was sufficient for Him to speak. No one can honestly face Jesus and honestly listen to Him without feeling that this is God's last word beside which all other words are inadequate, and all other wisdom out of date."

[Jesus: William Barclay, Matthew commentary]

Posted by Jonathan Schindler on 09.01.2009


"The true wonder of man is not that he is a sinner, but that even in his sin he is haunted by goodness, that even in the mud he can never wholly forget the stars."

[Humanity: William Barclay, Matthew Commentary]

Posted by Jonathan Schindler on 06.09.2009


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