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Product Details

  • Paperback: 425 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; 1 edition (February 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761161708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761161707
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places." (Roald Dahl) "If everything is under control, you are going too slow." (Mario Andretti) "Never make a credit decision on a beach." (Victor J. Boschini) "Dance first. Think later. It's the natural order." (Samuel Beckett)"

About the Author

Kathryn and Ross Petras, sister and brother, are great curators of quotes whose calendar, The 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said, has sold over 4.6 million copies. Kathryn Petras lives in Seattle.



Ross and Kathryn Petras, sister and brother, are great curators of quotes whose calendar, The 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said, has sold over 4.6 million copies. Ross Petras lives in Toronto.


More About the Author

I'm half of a brother and sister writing team. We were raised in suburbia, one of us wears glasses, one doesn't, and 50% of us is female. The other 50% is male -- and is taller than the other half.

We're the authors of the national bestselling "Stupidest" series - which includes the #1 bestselling page-a-day calendar "The 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said" (now in its 20th year -- with over 4.5 million copies sold), "Don't Forget to Sing in the Lifeboats," "Jane's Guide to Dicks," "Age Doesn't Matter Unless You're a Cheese," and the just published "Wretched Writing: A compendium of crimes against the English Language." (Visit us at stupidest.com. We're also on Facebook (we're stupidest.com there too; clever, huh?) and on Buzzfeed (teamstupidest).

Our work has received the attention of personalities like David Brinkley and Howard Stern and publications including the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, Playboy, Cosmopolitan, the Washington Post and the London Times.

One or the other (or both!) has/have been a guest on hundreds of radio shows and tv shows, including Good Morning America (about menopause), CNN (about bad poetry) and Fox and Friends (about Paris Hilton).

Oh, and one of us was a Jeopardy contestant (but, sadly, came in third - and only won a designer watch . . .).

AND...one final note: We're always looking for more stupidity -- so if you have a quote or photo that's wonderfully stupid, send it to us at stupidestcalendar@yahoo.com -- and let us know if you want credit if we use it in a calendar or book.

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Fun to read and a great gift.
Kaylan Brett
As someone who has been told I over think things this is a great reminder.
Hebe Martin
Keep this book around and read it anytime you need to feel inspired.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By HumorLover on February 28, 2011
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Absolutely wonderful! Filled with the wisest -- and funniest -- and most inspiring rules for living! I loved this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ann T. Rose on August 10, 2013
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"Dance First.Think Later: 618 Rules to Live By" doesn't have a subject index, nor an author index. This lack makes it virtually useless for someone searching for a topical quote or for attribution of a familiar quote to use in a speech or document. The arrangement is strictly the authors listing random quotes as "Rule No. 1 through Rule No. 618.

In their introduction, the authors contend there is an overriding theme to the book, that the writers and speakers included therein, "know how to live well." To this end, they even shortened a quote by Henry David Thoreau to fit the bill: Rule No. 399 -- "Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of life much so." It's difficult to believe that one of America's most famed ascetics would say such a thing. The compilers merely neglected to add the rest of the quote: "...Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something."

The quotes, while generally pithy, are often inane, e.g., Rule No. 172, "Don't worry about flies. Don't worry about mosquitoes. Don't worry about insects in general." F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Quote books by Robert Byrne are much the better buy and far more fun to read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T on October 18, 2011
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Love the short, inspirational quotes in the book. They make me think, laugh, reflect, and help brighten my day. Found the book cheaper through Amazon than in stores.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tricia on September 24, 2012
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Books arrived in mint condition in one package. Good book to read in short time frames. I carry one in my handbag to read when I have to wait for something or appointments run late. Amazon charges the shipping on each book - I ordered 2 at the same time so they could easily have come with one shipping charge)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hebe Martin on January 12, 2013
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As someone who has been told I over think things this is a great reminder. Sometimes you just have to let go and enjoy life and this little book is a great reminder. My adult children enjoyed reading the passages to each other on Christmas morning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Toni Gilbert on December 28, 2012
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I love quote books and this one was such a great mix of funny and smart, wise and pithy. Loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lucy on February 6, 2013
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I bought this book because my husband wanted it. It is kind of "rules to live by" from a wide variety of people. Some interesting viewpoints.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Blacklace 50 on January 21, 2013
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I knew the minute I read the title of the book that it had to be worth the investment. After a quick skim, I ordered copies for both my adult daughters. Wonderful quotes, some of them from people you'd never expect to be quoted in such a volume. A mix of historic and modern quotes. Excellent!
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