Vincent of Lérins on Reference Books

Let others write finely and elaborately, those who are drawn to this task by faith in their ability or a sense of duty. As for me, it will be enough to have prepared myself a reference book for the sake of helping my memory, or rather, my forgetfulness.

Scribant ii laute et accurate qui ad hoc munus vel ingenii fiducia vel officii ratione ducuntur. Me vero sublevandae recordationis vel potius oblivionis meae gratia Commonitorium mihimet parasse suffecerit.

—Vincent of Lérins, Commonitorium 1

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