You may be thinking what is this section all about? Before I can delve into what this section is about you need to understand why Ryan Holiday recommends that everyone keeps a Commonplace Book and what is a commonplace book. See Ryan Holiday’s blog post for more details about it, but essentially it is a reservoir of golden nuggets of wisdom and knowledge. Every time you come across a passage, quote, poem, video, or song that really resonates with you, make a note of it in your commonplace book.
What is the purpose of this commonplace book? It will act as a quick reference when you are looking for a great quote, and more importantly it will serve as inspiration during tough times and remind you of the timeless principles you wish to live your life by.
This is a practice that has been going on for thousands of years. Some of the greatest figures in history have kept a commonplace book. Marcus Aurelius, the last great Roman Emperor, kept a commonplace book which became the book Meditations. Montaigne, the creator of the essay, kept a commonplace book where he stored quotes, maxims, and passages that were inspirational.As well as Napoleon, Thomas Jefferson, and HL Mencken.
So now that you understand the concept of a commonplace book this section will make a lot more sense. This section will act as de facto commonplace book. But why am I publishing my de facto commonplace book on the Internet? I am a voracious reader and read usually about 2-3 books every couple of weeks and even more during the summer. I hope that by sharing my commonplace book it will provide through provoking and inspirational quotes, maxims, and passages that you may not have come across and can help support you in your quest of becoming the best you can. Also, I will not just provide the text but also how I am implementing the timeless principles in the text into my life.