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Friday, May 09, 2014

A 21st-Century Miscellany

It's time for another check on the Networking before the Net exhibit. About six weeks ago I posted about the exhibit and offered some selections that visitors had contributed to an exhibit commonplace book. As I explained previously, commonplace books, or personal miscellanies, were blank books used to collect quotations, poetry, bits of wisdom, etc. that a person wanted to save. The exhibit book has continued to grow,so I thought I'd share another round of the wonderful contributions:

"You can't make dirt clean so just lemon scent it"

"Isn't it pretty to think so" Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises

"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take" Wayne Gretzky

"Be grateful for and in every day, you don't know how many you will have."

"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places, Those who don't believe in magic will never find it" The Minpins Roald Dahl

"We loved with a love that was more than love"" Poe, Annabell Lee

"Be thankful for what you don't have" Diane P.


"Rubber Duckie, you're the one" Ernie

"Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred."  Tennyson, Charge of the Light Brigade

"Blessed are the flexible people--for they will bend and not break."

"Life is like iron-- use it and it wears away, don't use it and it rusts."

"'It's not the men in your life that matters, it's the life in your men." Mae West 

"Is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife " Austen, Pride and Prejudice

"If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
But if I am only for myself, what am I?
And if not now, when?" Hillel

Thanks again to all of our wonderful visitors who shared their thoughts! There's still time to visit the exhibition (and add to the miscellany), so swing by through June 16th to enjoy it.





Kathy Haas is the Associate Curator at the Rosenbach Museum & Library and the primary poster at the Rosen-blog

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