Brain’s Attic

I keep getting back to this passage again and again. 

I need to learn something from this. 

I consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it.

Now the skilful workman is very careful indeed as to what he takes into his brain-attic. He will havenothing but the tools which may help him in doing his work, but of these he has a large assortment, and all in the most perfect order. It is a mistake to think that that little room has elastic walls and can distend to any extent. 

Depend upon it there comes a time when for every addition of knowledge you forget something that you knew before. It is of the highest importance, therefore, not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones. 

– (Holmes; A Study in Scarlet)


2 thoughts on “Brain’s Attic

    • Hi Nitin,

      Thanks for the comment.

      In my mind, I imagine the room as having hooks for hanging cloths and yes we can have more and increase the hooks but what will end up hanging on this is everything. So in a sense, if we need to see that we can have only certain hooks and it’s in this context I see they comment.

      What is your take on this?



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