Thursday, February 05, 2009


Penny Truths

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Sudelb├╝cher (F 1209, tr. Franz Mautner and Henry Hatfield):
The scribble-book method is most warmly to be recommended. To leave no idiom, no expression unwritten. We can acquire riches by saving up the penny truths, too.

Schmierbuch Methode bestens zu empfehlen. Keine Wendung, keinen Ausdruck unaufgeschrieben zu lassen. Reichthum erwirbt man sich auch durch Ersparung der Pfennigs Wahrheiten.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals (Jan. 1, 1834):
This Book is my Savings Bank. I grow richer because I have somewhere to deposit my earnings; and fractions are worth more to me because corresponding fractions are waiting here that shall be made integers by their addition.

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