02APR2020 – Quote of the Day

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 laying his hands on it. Now the skillful 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.  It is a mistake to think that little room has elastic walls and can distend to any extent.  Depend uon it – there comes a time when for every addition of knowledge you forget something that you knew before.  It is of the highest importance, therefore, not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones.

Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)


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War Pig
War Pig
1 year ago

I do not agree with Doyle on this one. It restricts a man too much. There are times when my life was saved by some trivial piece of information I managed to remember.

War Pig
War Pig
1 year ago
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Oh, yes, entertaining. I can see how the universe works would not interest Holmes, but he is rather two-dimensional. Crime is his thing. He has little use for anything else except the odd dose of cocaine.