commonplace book

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commonplace book (plural commonplace books)

  1. A personal notebook or journal in which memorabilia, quotations etc were written.
    • 1910, Samuel Butler, chapter 2, in Unconscious Memory:
      I did this in thirty pages of closely written matter, of which a pressed copy remains in my commonplace-book.
    • 2012 January 23, Alan Jacobs, “'Commonplace Books': The Tumblrs of an Earlier Era”, in The Atlantic:
      But the other kind of commonplace book was different. Its goal was to gather a collection of the wisest statements, usually of the ancients, for future meditation.