Amos Bronson Alcott, Table-Talk of A. Bronson Alcott
Painting: Herman Nieg, Benedict of Nursia, 1926
A commonplace book, or simply a "commonplace" is a scrapbook containing items of special significance to its creator. They can be poems, scientific facts, aphorisms or literary snippets. Commonplaces are used as an aid for cataloging quotes, recipes, interesting facts or otherwise useful pieces of information. A commonplace book serves needs, goals and interests unique to its creator.
See also: Blork's Literary Snippets