A little empty attic

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I consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose.  A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things, so that he has a difficulty in getting his hands upon it. Now the skilful workman is very careful indeed as to what he takes into his brain-attic. He will have nothing but the tools which may help him in doing his work, but of these he has a large assortment and all in the most perfect order.

Conan Doyle, quoted in  Farnsworth’s Classical English Metaphor, p. 183

Hmm, nice theory. Maybe it applies to Sherlock Holmes,  but Gert’s brain is full of all sorts of useless and enjoyable information, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. How about you?

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11 thoughts on “A little empty attic

      1. Hi Gert — reading the BBC’s list of ten books that should be re-discovered made me think of you of course. Here’s the link: http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160718-ten-lost-books-you-should-read-now. One of the books, The Vet’s Daughter by Barbara Comyns, sounds very familiar — did you write about it, or did I hear about it through school?

        Happy reading — I am ever in awe of your remarkable diversity of interests.

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          1. Yes, that all helps in getting through the list of fascinating books. And you aren’t doing schoolwork — but you are writing your own books, and doing any number of other useful and interesting things too, most likely. Glad you are writing a blog to share the plenty with the rest of us.

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