Note-taking is an important skill that we should all learn, as evidenced by these note-taking quotes.
Note-taking is a skill that we could all use, whether for school, for our career, or for anything we would like to learn.
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Here are some tips to improve your note-taking skills:
- Be consistent – this will help when you look back at your notes
- Use symbols, colors, and abbreviations – this will make your notes more concise
- Don’t try to write down every word – focus on the facts and the big picture
- Use headings – separate the notes under large headings so you can easily review your notes
- Identify key information – circle, underline color code
Take a look at these note-taking quotes to get some more ideas on how to improve your note-taking skills.
Best Note-Taking Quotes
If you’re skeptical about taking notes, these quotes will convince you otherwise.
1. “I take notes like some people take drugs…” — Tim Ferriss
2. “When your heart speaks, take good notes.” — Judith Exner
3. “Gift yourself with a journal for your own notes.” — Cheryl Barker
4. “A humorist doesn’t really do that much note-taking.” — P.J. O’Rourke
5. “So be selective, don’t be compulsive, and enjoy your note-taking.” — Robert Pyle
6. “As a painter, taking photos is a form of shorthand—note-taking.” — Wanda Koop
7. “If you don’t write down what you’re hearing and learning, what’s the odds you remember it?” — Ben Casnocha
8. “I never wrote things down to remember; I always wrote things down so I could forget.” — Matthew McConaughey
9. “Experts—or those who have deconstructed what experts do — take notes. Novices don’t see the point.” — Ben Casnocha
10. “Prereading is a game changer. It changed my life…Everyone is smarter when they have seen the material before. You will be too.” — Peter Rogers
Note-Taking Quotes on the Importance of Taking Notes
The following quotes explain the importance of note-taking and strategies you can use.
11. “You didn’t expect these notes to turn into my therapy session, did you?” — Lin-Manuel Miranda
12. “The more content you try to capture during a lecture or a meeting, the less you’re thinking about what’s being said.” — Ryder Carroll
13. “Since the time of plato and Aristotle, philosophers have had an interest in taking notes of common fallacies in reasoning.” — Randal Marlin
14. “In the meantime, keep a small spiral notebook, a pen, and a little flashlight on your bedside table, and jot down things as they come to you.” — Cheryl Barker
15. “You have to make your own condensed notes. You learn from MAKING them. A lot of thinking goes into deciding what to include and exclude.” — Peter Rogers
16. “It was from the artists and poets that the pertinent answers came, and I know that panic would have broken loose had they been able to compare notes.” — H.P. Lovecraft
17. “The Sketchnote Handbook is neither about sketching nor is it about note taking. It’s about receiving and processing the world in a more complete and insightful way.” — Stefan G. Bucher
18. “Always carry a notebook. And I mean always. The short-term memory only retains information for three minutes; unless it is committed to paper, you can lose an idea forever.” — Will Self
19. “Kids who want to become writers might want to start carrying a small notebook in their backpack. I encourage people to sit down in malls and listen, just listen, to how people talk.” — Ann Turner
20. “Once a day, especially in the early years of life and study, call yourselves to an account what new ideas, what new proposition or truth you have gained, what further confirmation of known truths, and what advances you have made in any part of knowledge.” — Isaac Watts
Journaling and Note-Taking Quotes for Personal Development
Note-taking is just as important for life as it is for studying, as shown in the following quotes.
21. “Writing your thoughts down can bring clarity amid confusion and stagnancy.” — Robin S. Baker
22. “I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” — Anne Frank
23. “Journaling can be an excellent way to increase self-awareness, discover and change habits.” — Akiroq Brost
24. “The secret of keeping a journal is seeing it as a draft, a stepping-stone, a process.” — Alexandra Johnson
25. “Document your dreams. Sketch that shape you saw. Write those lyrics before they fade out.” — Michael Bassey Johnson
26. “A journal is a self-empowering, self-realizing map we create for ourselves to better our lives.” — Andrew Pacholyk
27. “When I sit down with my notebook when I start scribbling words across the page, I find out what I’m feeling.” — Dani Shapiro
28. “Keeping a journal: The short entries are often as dry as instant tea. Writing them down is like pouring hot water over them to release their aroma.” — Ernst Jünger
29. “A diary or journal isn’t necessarily something that should be done daily so much as it is a clue to how to see the daily world around oneself differently.” — Alexandra Johnson
30. “Writing out your thoughts and emotions is good for a healthy mindset because it helps you get to the root of your thoughts so you can better understand yourself.” — Humaira Syed
31. “Each Bullet Journal becomes another volume in the story of your life. Does it represent the life you want to live? If not, then leverage the lessons you’ve learned to change the narrative in the next volume.” — Ryder Carroll
Sarcastic Note-Taking Quotes
Not everyone is a fan of notetaking, as you can see below.
32. “The person with the best notes wins.” — Leigh Owen
33. “Why take notes? The obvious reason is to remember.” — Tom Wujec
34. “One of the critical skills in creative work is note-taking.” — Lauri Jarvilento
35. “Visual note-taking translates what we hear into pictures that give context, color, and meaning.” — Tom Wujec
36. “Here, class attendance is expected, and students are required to take notes, which they are tested on.” — Harrison Salisbury
37. “Find a scenius, pay attention to what others are sharing, and then start taking note of what they’re not sharing.” — Austin Kleon
38. “Practically all the great geniuses of our culture, ranging from Leonardo to Edison, from Hemingway to Picasso, have been almost pathological note-takers.” — Lauri Jarvilento
Insightful Note-Taking Quotes
39. “Take notes. Everything is copy.” — Nora Ephron
40. “Acquiring the habit of note taking is, therefore, a wonderfully complementary skill to that of listening.” — Richard Branson
41. “Photography means: note-taking on, potentially, everything in the world, from every possible angle.” — Susan Sontag
42. “The night before a biochemistry class, I read the last year’s lecture notes. I look at the pictures in the book. Now, I’ve got the general concept.” — Peter Rogers MD
43. “Visual note-taking translates what we hear into pictures that give context, color, and meaning. By adding symbols, visual metaphors, likeness of people, and room layouts, we add several dimensions.” — Tom Wujec
44. “Note-taking is important to me: a week’s worth of reading notes (or ‘thoughts I had in the shower’ notes) is cumulatively more interesting than anything I might be able to come up with on a single given day.” — Teju Cole
A Few More Quotes About Note-Taking
Here are a few additional thoughts and perspectives on taking notes.
45. “I gotta take notes when things occur to me.” — Jeff Bridges
46. “You can see that there is scarcely an observable fact unworthy of mention in your notes” — Robert Pyle
47. “When a regular person gets sick, they take an aspirin. When a writer gets sick, they take notes…” — Chuck Palahniuk
48. “Sure… There’s a couple of details to fill in and a few things to memorize. But that’s no big deal. I’ve got the big picture, and that’s all I need.” — Peter Rogers MD
49. “The U.S. should take notes: Government overspending and a campaign of alienating investors and small business isn’t really the best way to boost the economy.” — Oliver DeMille
50. “I’m a compulsive note-taker, and I used to feel self-conscious about pulling out my little notebook and taking notes during a casual conversation. Then I noticed that people really seemed to enjoy it; the fact that I was taking notes made their remarks seem particularly insightful or valuable.” — Gretchen Rubin
Once You Learn to Take Notes, How Do You Review Them?
Getting the information down in notes is the first step, but then you need to review them.
Here are some tips for reviewing your notes:
- Review immediately – this will help you remember the information
- Rewrite the notes even more concisely after reviewing them
- Test yourself to make you know the information
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