“Among the things which please me greatly are stilettos, or stili for writing; for them I have spent more than twenty gold crowns, and much money besides for other sorts of pens. I daresay the writing materials which I have got at one time and another could not be bought for two hundred crowns. Beside these, I take great pleasure in gems, in metal bowls, in vessels of copper or silver, in painted glass globes and in rare books.
“I enjoy swimming a little and fishing very much. I was devoted to the art of angling as long as I remained at Pavia and I am sorry I ever changed.”—Girolamo Cardano, “Those Things in Which I Take Pleasure,” The Book of My Life
(from an ongoing series, The Visitor, of Boston transit passengers)