Notes on quotes

Are you one of those people who writes down interesting snippets of things you hear or read in a notebook? You’re keeping a commonplace book, then. Dwight Garner does the same and got a book out of it. It’s a funny thing about quotes, whenever I read from one of my books of aphorisms, someone inevitably asks me whether all entries in it are written by me. My usual reply is, “I certainly hope so,” but on the inside, I think, “Who would publish a book of other people’s aphorisms with their own name on the cover?” Now, in fairness, I think this guy’s been at it quite a bit and has some interesting connections to make, but there’s my answer.

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