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At last, an easy to use, comprehensive dictionary of quotations that contains entries from the Bible, Shakespeare, and rock'n'roll. Inside you'll find exciting new quotations from contemporary figures including Gloria Steinem and Adrienne Rich on feminism, Faye Wattleton and Dr. Ruth Westheimer on sex, Cher on intimacy, David Henry Hwang and Steven Biko on race, George Burns on old age, Vince Lombardi on victory, and Madonna on egotism. Recent subjects such as ecology and computers make this an extraordinary useful reference for public speakers as well as for the creation of your own written works. Created by leading experts in linguistics and lexicography. First-time-ever quoted from scores of contemporary women and men. Easy alphabetical arrangement of subjects. Subject index, author index, and a unique conceptual index to facilitate access to related ideas. Brief biographies of every individual quoted.

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At last, an easy to use, comprehensive dictionary of quotations that contains entries from the Bible, Shakespeare, and rock'n'roll. Inside you'll find exciting new quotations from contemporary figures including Gloria Steinem and Adrienne Rich on feminism, Faye Wattleton and Dr. Ruth Westheimer on sex, Cher on intimacy, David Henry Hwang and Steven Biko on race, George Burns on old age, Vince Lombardi on victory, and Madonna on egotism. Recent subjects such as ecology and computers make this an extraordinary useful reference for public speakers as well as for the creation of your own written works. Created by leading experts in linguistics and lexicography. First-time-ever quoted from scores of contemporary women and men. Easy alphabetical arrangement of subjects. Subject index, author index, and a unique conceptual index to facilitate access to related ideas. Brief biographies of every individual quoted.
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Product Details

  • Series: 21st Century Reference
  • Mass Market Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (May 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440214475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440214472
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,303,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 1999
If all you want is quotes, you will enjoy this book. If, however, you need a reference tool that is accurate, look elsewhere. About one in three quotes is misquoted, misattributed or both. Citations following the quotes only include the authors' names, so why is the book so full of errors? Clearly, little research went into this "reference" book. How appalling that it was published by a major university!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 12, 1998
Though the book is lacking REALLY good quotes in some areas, it does provide a wide array of topics. It's alphabetical listing is very convenient. If you don't find what you're looking for under one topic, it lists other areas in which you might find something similar. If you can't find an appropriate quote in this book, one does not exist. There are quotes for ANY situation!! It also gives a brief description of each of the authors which is highly convenient if you'd like to find more books or qoutes by that author. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a great source of familiar and highly amusing quotations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anyechka on April 25, 2007
Given that this is a paperback, it's rather ridiculous and unfair for it to be denigrated for not being some scholarly in-depth all-encompassing encyclopedia. It's meant to be a handy guide to a lot of quotations, some long, some short, some well-known, some not so well-known, on 880 different categories. And if one doesn't find what s/he is looking for in any given category, it refers the reader to the numbers of similar concepts, such as "Contempt (also see concepts 327 [emotions], 689 [rudeness], 698 [sarcasm], 734 [shame])." I've gotten an incredible amount of use out of it for almost ten years now. The only complaints I do have about it are, first, that quite a few of the people listed in the index in the back have since passed on, and I'm not just talking about those who died after the publication year of 1993. I've had to write in their death years by hand. For example, Don Herold, who was born in 1889, has a blank space in the parenthesis, giving the impression he was still alive then, when he actually died in 1966! The editors really should have done a little more homework on that front. And while this is only a paperback reference book, I still wish the quotes had been given some context, like if they came from a song or the speech of a character in a book or movie instead of just something the person wrote or said in real time, or if the person were referring to something in particular and not just making some deep philosophical statement off the cuff.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Magalnick on January 31, 2007
This is not a true reference book, and should not be confused for one. You have to read the label, folks! It was NOT published or, heaven forbid, conceived by Princeton University. It is a Dell publication -- just another little ole paperback out on the market looking for sales because it's got "nifty" quotes from "relevant" personalities and celebrities of the day. Oh, and some "heavier" quotes from famous dead men of the Western world. Hey,I'm from the Western world too -- only not a dead man (or a live one either, for that matter). And if some of the sources are wrong, well-- it's not supposed to be real research anyway, right? No,wrong!
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