Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“I collect quotes. My quotes collection has exceeded 6000 quotes, and it’s growing.
Without the ability to randomize them, to extract quotes at random, a quotes collection has limited value.“
“You can search for them.”
“Searching is useful but limited. To search for something, you have to know what you’re looking for. When you have so many of them, most you won’t remember you have.
Randomness helps you constantly rediscover quotes. And, in not knowing what to expect, it creates a little surprise every time.
That’s (partly) why I created the CommonBook [<link].”
“What are the most valuable quotes in your collection?”
“Inspirational Quotes: quotes that influence how I feel, by reminding me of what’s essential. Mementos.
Reflectional Quotes: quotes that stimulate my mind.”
“Like Zen koans and such?”
The most valuable are those that fall in both categories, that both inspire and stimulate.”