a little notebook

You said it, my good knight! There ought to be laws to protect the body of acquired knowledge.
Take one of our good pupils, for example: modest and diligent, from his earliest grammar classes he’s kept a little notebook full of phrases.
After hanging on the lips of his teachers for twenty years, he’s managed to build up an intellectual stock in trade; doesn’t it belong to him as if  it were a house, or money?

Paul Claudel, Le Soulier de Satin Day III, Scene ii

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