I like to store quotations from my reading. I generally read on my Kindle and then copy the quotes into a text file from which I then create, in my current software, a separate note for each quote. I think The Brain’s wonderful ability to create connections between notes and concepts could really add something to this process and so I have been experimenting with adding the quotes to The Brain, as a kind of commonplace book. However, I’m running into some problems and I’d be grateful for the advice from more experienced uses:
- When reading a book I might make many clippings, possibly hundreds per book
- If I create a Thought that relates to the book (e.g. the book title) and then copy a large number of quotes as individual child Thoughts, they can become almost impossible to read – they are clumped together and truncated, and while hovering over one brings up a label with the quote on it, it is generally illegible because the label sits over all of the other notes
- I could of course just paste all of the notes into the note field of the Thought where they will be indexed, but that seems to me to lose most of the benefit of The Brain – surely these quotes work better as individual Thoughts which form part of the linking system.
Is anyone else using The Brain to store and track lots of quotes (or similar material) from their reading? Do you have any tips how I might better manage this?