Friday, 21 August 2015

#7QT: In My Commonplace Book

Lately, I've been trying to keep a commonplace book of some kind.  I used to do this before I knew what a commonplace book was, so I'm sort of an old hand at it.   Here are seven examples of what's been populating the ole' notebook lately.

-- one --

{The Cloister Walk} by Kathleen Norris
Liturgical time is essentially poetic time, ordered toward process rather than productivity, willing to wait attentively in stillness rather than always pushing to "get the job done."

-- two --

{The Magician's Nephew} by C.S. Lewis
For what you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing: it also depends on what sort of person you are.

-- three --

{Dad Is Fat} by Jim Gaffigan
All moms seemed simultaneously tireless and on the brink of exhaustion.

-- four --

{Charlotte's Web} by E.B. White
People believe almost anything they see in print.

-- five --

Children pay better attention than grownups.

-- six --

{The Sword in the Stone} by T.H. White
Education is experience.  And experience is the essence of self-reliance.

-- seven --

[To learn] is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting.


Some good inspirational sources for getting in the mood of keeping a commonplace book, or just finding material worth collecting, are {Cold-pressed}, {Holy Sparkle}, and {Amongst Lovely Things}.

Do you keep a commonplace book or something like it?  If you're curious, do a google image search for some beautiful historical examples.  Also, {my new favorite movie with Simon Pegg and Rosamund Pike} has a really neat commonplace book/journal example!

Linking up with Kelly for {Seven Quick Takes}!


  1. Thanks for the sweet mention! I really need to get better about using a commonplace book. I used to put poems I like in a notebook, which turned into a poetry blog in 2009. Now I sometimes write stuff in my planner... but when I put it on FB or Twitter it fades away. Must. Return. To. Paper.

  2. I love this! I have been keeping one for years as well. I love to collect quotes and ideas and instructions from books. I especially love to copy passages from library books and books I plan to donate, since I won't be keeping them (and I am trying to pare down my book collection and prevent too many more from coming in, so it's nice to have the "best of" collected in one place).

    I will have to check out that movie! I adore Simon Pegg. I looked it up and it's also a book!

    1. The critics weren't as keen on the movie, but it was right up my alley; I think there is some real, valuable truth to it. Let me know if you watch it!

  3. So many good quotes. I just sent the Gaffigan one to a friend that needed a chuckle. I don't keep a commonplace book persay, but there are lots of hand drawn quotes sprinkled in my Moleskine next to grocery lists and budget figuring...

    1. I'm glad!

      And I consider that a commonplace book! ;)


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