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Commonplace Book

Commonplace Book

As our dear visitors can see in the title heading of our blog, we describe it as being a Commonplace Book.

What is a commonplace book?!!!

It has a very long history; the first commonplace books are believed to have been compiled from the 14th century and continued to be popular onto the19th century.

They can be regarded as a kind of scrap book where the compiler noted and collected scraps of information, etc. Entries are made only in handwriting and if needed illustrated by hand too. These were what differed a commonplace book from a scrap book –  no cutting and pasting bits of paper!.

commonplacebook

commonplace book

The  subjects of interest can be diverse; such as poems, prose, short essays, tracts, critique, prayers, observations,academic, thoughts/ideas on subjects, drawings/illustrations, myths, folklore, quotes, news, lists, recipes, facts on various subjects, etc.

Collecting items like this to record in a book was called  commonplacing.

Commonplace books were first known in fourteenth century Italy. They were known as zibaldone.  The books were referred by Italians as “salads of many herbs.”

They often included sketches and cursive written scripts. Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio kept such books.

17th-century-commonplace book

17th century commonplace book

Later among others, Thomas Hardy, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Francis Bacon,Mark Twain  and John Milton all kept commonplace books.

A Commonplace book is not a diary or a journal,

Commonplace books contained notes and sometimes drawings on subjects, which were of particular interest to the collector and compiler. The collector may have copied/sketched or made notes of articles, tracts etc., from rare and not generally available books. Public access to libraries were rare too in those days.

These compilers may even had contributed to the social media of their age when showing or lending out their books to others.

We think  today’s 21st Century internet blogs serve as a type of commonplace book.

The blogger collects items of interest to themselves from various sources the internet, newspapers, reference books (as we do) etc., and which they think might interesting to others by sharing on line.

Humans have an insatiable thirst for the varied and diverse topics that make up our modern lives.

Welcome to our commonplace book, welcome to globalgranary.life.

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

American writer Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1857.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

BioData:

  • DoB:  25 May 1803
  • PoB: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death: 27 April 1882 (78)
  • Education: Harvard Divinity School
  • Civil Status: Ellen Louisa Tucker (m. 1829; d. 1831); Lydian Jackson (m. 1835)
  • Career: Essayist, Poet, Lecturer, Philosopher

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Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘ All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.’’
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

All mankind love a lover.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

All that Adam had, all that Caesar could, you have and can do…. Build, therefore, your own world.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

All the mistakes I make arise from forsaking my own station and trying to see the object from another person’s point of view.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man’s wife has more power over him than the state has.
– RW Emerson

A man’s growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of Nature.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Beauty without expression is boring.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Envy is ignorance.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everything in creation has its appointed painter or poet and remains in bondage like the princess in the fairy tale ’til its appropriate liberator comes to set it free.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Frankness invites frankness.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please – you can never have both.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting some on yourself.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

He who travels in search of something which he has not got, travels away from himself and grows old even in youth among old things.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson< …
It is only when the mind and character slumber that the dress can be seen.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

It was high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, “Always do what you are afraid to do”.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

I hate the giving of the hand unless the whole man accompanies it.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Knowledge is the antidote to fear- knowledge, use and reason. Knowledge is the encourager, knowledge that takes fear out of the heart, knowledge and use, which is knowledge in practice. They can conquer who believe they can.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love and you shall be loved. All love is mathematically just, as much as the two sides of an algebraic equation.
— Emerson

Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Money often costs too much.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Money, which represents the prose of life, and which is hardly spoken of in parlors without an apology, is, in its effects and laws, as beautiful as roses.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Pictures must not be too picturesque.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Shallow men believe in luck.  Strong men believe in cause and effect.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Society is a masked ball, where everyone hides his real character, and reveals it by hiding.
– RW Emerson

Sorrow makes us all children again — destroys all differences of intellect. The wisest know nothing.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

To different minds, the same world is hell, and a heaven.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The bitterest tragic element in life is the belief in a brute fate or destiny.
– Emerson

The civilised man has built a coach, but has lost the use of his feet. – Ralph Waldo Emerson …The affirmative of affirmative is love.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

The highest compact we can make with our fellow is – “Let there be truth between us two forevermore.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

The most advanced nations are always those who navigate the most. The power which the sea requires in the sailor makes a man of him very fast, and the change of shores and population clears his head of much nonsense of his wigwam.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is a soul at the centre of nature, and over the will of every man … place yourself in the middle of the stream of power and wisdom which animates all whom it floats, and you are without effort impelled to truth, to right, and a perfect contentment.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“There’s nothing capricious in nature, and the implanting of a desire indicates that its gratification is in the constitution of the creature that feels it.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is this to be said in favour of drinking, that it takes the drunkard first out of society, then out of the world.
– Emerson

The ancestor of every action is a thought.
– Emerson

“The only way to have a friend is to be one.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

The man of genius inspires us with a boundless confidence in our own powers.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

What I must do, is all that concerns me, and not what people think.
– Emerson.

When you strike at a king, you must kill him.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson