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About jeneanecommonplacebook

What Is a Commonplace Book? 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 early 1970’s and so I have almost 50 years of quotes about such a wide variety of topics told in ways more eloquent, wise or humorous than anything I could ever come up with. And it’s wonderful that in this type of blog, I can also include some of my favorite artists and their artwork as well. I'm almost 60 years old with a daughter, 3 granddaughters, and a kitty-cat. I live in beautiful Bay City, MI. I have 2 associate degrees with additional college credits and hopefully I will be able to complete my goal of obtaining my Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. (Life keeps getting in the way). I enjoy literature, horse racing, baseball, NFL football, The Olympics, astronomy, history (particularly Irish), art, old movies, Downton Abbey, The Good Wife, Unit One, science, The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, U2, The Doors, oh and so much more! I have very eclectic and prolific interests. If you would like to check out my personal writings, please go to jeneanebehmeswritings.wordpress.com

The Great Enemy of The Truth

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. President John F. Kennedy (Jeneane’s Comment: John F. Kennedy said this quote in the late 1950’s or … Continue reading

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I Am Not Free…

I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own. Audre Lorde, civil rights activist and writer

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The True Meaning of Money

The true meaning of money yet remains to be popularly explained and comprehended. When each individual realizes for himself that this thing primarily stands for and should only be accepted as a moral due – that it should be paid … Continue reading

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Change The World

Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars, to change the world. Harriet Tubman requoted from Good Housekeeping magazine, November 2015 issue, page 48

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I Was Somebody

I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody. Lily Tomlin requoted from Good Housekeeping magazine, November 2015 issue, page 45

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Internet Quotes

“Quotes found on the internet are not always accurate.” Abraham Lincoln Requoted from Creations and Collections, Ltd., Fall Collection 2016 catalog, page 38

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Freedom Didn’t Happen…

Freedom didn’t happen because your opponents saw the light. It happened because they no longer found it necessary to live in the dark. Their hands may never move toward a candle, but their eyes adjust. Adam Gopnik, from his article, … Continue reading

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Books Teach Something

I don’t think there is any book that can’t teach you something, even if it is how not to tell a story. Mary Higgins Clark, from By the Book, requoted from Reader’s Digest, July/August 2016 issue, page 29.

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The Ambition of the Irish

The ambition of the Irish is to say a thing as everybody says it, only louder. Gerard Manley Hopkins, introductory quote from The Founding Father, written by Richard J. Whalen, copyright 1964.

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Two Things Are Infinite

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe. But that might just be me being stupid. Albert Einstein, requoted from Reader’s Digest, December 2015/January 2016 issue, page 19. Save

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