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Sertillanges, The Intellectual Life

Been reading A.G. Sertillanges’ 1946 book “The Intellectual Life”; the chapters on reading and note-taking are extremely Zettelkästen-friendly.

A work may be finished before it is begun; all its value is determined in your notes; the plan is there latent....

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  • A few pages later he describes a Zettelkasten, pretty much, having rejected notebooks and category folders. It seems that the idea was in the air.

    But it seems by far the most practical method, for most kinds of work, is to keep notes on slips.

    He doesn’t goes as far as Luhmann’s Zettel IDs, just numbering the slips and keeping a catalog. But the basic idea is there.

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