Commonplace books are simply ways to compile knowledge, they are used to store information. Commonplace books first became important in Early Modern Europe and originated from the term loci communes (or "common places") under which ideas or even arguments could be found. Many pieces of information can be stored in a commonplace book -- ideas, quotes, anecdotes, observations and information -- which are then used for a later purpose. Several well-known people from throughout history have kept a commonplace book, including Thomas Jefferson, Napoleon, and now even Bill Gates keeps one.


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