keeping track of key phrases from readings
When reading/taking notes I often come across a short phrase that neatly/elegantly expresses a key idea that I want to keep track of for use in my own writing (properly cited, of course).
I distinguish such phrases from quotations, in the sense that the kind of phrases I am thinking of are more modular: they can be useful even when completely extricated from the context in which I found them.
Many of Brown's journal entries exhibit what Smith refers to as "Locke's epistemological optimism."
What I am writing about in this sentence is otherwise completely unrelated to the content of Smith's article. I just liked the way he described Locke.
So, I am wondering if (and how) anyone keeps track of such useful modular phrases, if/when you come across them.
Does anyone maintain a list of "key phrases"? What about tagging them, with something like #phrase?
Even better, might there be a way of extracting all such key phrases from all the various notes where they appear and compiling them in a sortable/searchable "key phrase" compendium? Something like emacs/orgmode TODO functionality? Is that a writer's pipe dream?
Anyway, happy noting/writing/zettel'ing, all.
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