Commonplace books (or commonplaces) were a way to compile knowledge, usually by writing information into books. They became significant in Early Modern Europe.
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... their indebtedness to their diary and commonplaces ... merit here we have copied out fine passages from the classics here are lists of books to be read and here, most interesting of all, lists of books that have actually been read, as the reader testifies with some ... including Klaus Baudelaire and the Quagmire triplets keep commonplace books ...
Famous quotes containing the words book and/or commonplace:
“Digressions, incontestably, are the sunshine;Mthey are the life, the soul of reading!take them out of this book, for instance,you might as well take the book along with them;Mone cold external winter would reign in every page of it; restore them to the writer;Mhe steps forth like a bridegroom,bids All-hail; brings in variety, and forbids the appetite to fail.”
—Laurence Sterne (17131768)
“Men are seldom more commonplace than on supreme occasions.”
—Samuel Butler (18351902)