Monsieur Le Clerc (on John Locke) on Common-places

In all SoLe Clerc on Lockerts of Learning, and especially in the Study of Languages, the Memory is the Treasury or Store-house, but the Judgment the Disposer, which ranges in Order whatever it hath drawn from the Memory: but lest the Memory should be Oppressed, or Over-burthen’d by too many Things, Order and Method are to be called into its Assistance. So that when we extract any Thing out of an Author, which is like to be of future Use, we may be able to find it without any Trouble. For it would be of little Purpose to spend our Time in Reading of Books, if we could not apply what we read to our Use.

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