A commonplace book is someone’s personal collection of quotes, witticisms, observances, poems, and even graffiti that have inspired them, made them laugh or touched them in some way. Many famous people throughout history have had commonplace books, such as Thomas Jefferson, John Milton, Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, and the scientist, Carl Linnaeus.
I began my commonplace books while I was in junior high school in the late 1960’s and so I have almost 50 years of quotes about a wide variety of topics. And I’m still constantly finding quotes or sayings that touch me in some way so my commonplace books are always going to be a work in progress and a labor of love.
It is also wonderful that in this type of blog I can include a few of my favorite artists and some of their artwork as well. Maxfield Parrish, Dale Chihuly, Berthe Morisot, Vincent Van Gogh, Norman Rockwell and several other artists are included in my commonplace book. Please click on the individual images of their artwork to see the much larger and more detailed views.
To quote Dorothy Parker: “I might repeat to myself, slowly and soothingly, a list of quotations beautiful from minds profound; if I can remember any of the damn things.”
So this type of blog is much better than my two volumes of hardcover commonplace books because here I can much more easily find the quotes, poems, etc., that I’m trying to remember by using the Search box at the upper right or by going through the Categories lists.
I have also tried to include a photo or a drawing of the authors of all of these quotes and/or images that illustrate the quotes. Please click on the quote’s title to see these images because sometimes they don’t pop up automatically, especially if you have used the Search box or the Categories lists. You can also get a much larger view of all of the images by clicking on them individually.
Throughout the years I have tried very hard to accurately document when, where and who said what in my commonplace books, but if I have made any mistakes, I do sincerely apologize. Please correct me if you have found something wrong, thanks!
I hope that you enjoy what has been my pleasure to collect for such a long time and perhaps you can find a quote that will also make you laugh, make you cry or make you ponder the wisdom of others. And maybe my commonplace book will also inspire you to begin your own personal collection of quotes that you will love too.
Happy Reading and Welcome to my Commonplace Book!
P.S I also have a separate blog, http://www.jeneanebehmeswritings.wordpress.com for my personal writings as well. I have posted my poems, essays, short stories, spoonerisms, and even haiku, that I have written over the years. Maybe you will also enjoy reading what I have enjoyed writing as well.