Efficiency is intelligent laziness.
David Dunham

Wij staan ervan versteld hoe bedreven de vijftiende-eeuwse humanisten zijn in het terugvinden van verloren manuscripten. Waar vinden ze die? Die vinden ze in de bibliotheek. In bibliotheken die gedeeltelijk dienen om te verbergen, maar ook om te laten terugvinden.
Umberto Eco

... all the maps you have are of no use, all this work of discovery and surveying; you have to start of at random, like the first men on earth; you risk dying of hunger a few miles from the richest stores...
Michel Butor (Degrees, Van Abbemuseum Journal)

The composition of vast books is a laborious and impoverishing extravagance. To go on for five hundred pages developing an idea whose perfect oral exposition is possible in a few minutes! A better course of procedure is to pretend that these books already exist, and then to offer a resume, a commentary . . . More reasonable, more inept, more indolent, I have preferred to write notes upon imaginary books.
Jorge Luis Borges

Een geschiedenis(re)constructie moet altijd ergens beginnen.
Pascal Gielen (Kunst in Netwerken, p. 166)

If you want to make a song more hummy, add a few tiddely poms.
C.R. Milne (Winnie the Pooh)