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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)"

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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.

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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: 4 x 0.9 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 creators of the national bestselling Stupidest series - which includes the #1 bestselling page-a-day calendar The 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said (now in its 21st year -- with over 4.5 million copies sold) and books like Unusually Stupid Americans. We've also written numerous other humor books including B is for Botox (an alphabet book for middle aged people), Jane's Guide to Dicks, and Wretched Writing, as well as compiling inspirational bestselling quote books like Age Doesn't Matter Unless You're a Cheese and It Always Seems Impossible Until It's Done (with over 568k copies sold). (Visit us at stupidest.com and on Facebook -- FB/unusually.stupid or FB/kathy.petras)

Our work has received the attention of personalities like Kathie Lee Gifford and Howard Stern and diverse media outlets including the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and the London Times. We have been a guests on hundreds of radio shows and tv shows, including Good Morning America, CNN, and Fox and Friends.

I am a noir film and novel fiend, a bad joke aficionado, a word nut, a quote fan, and (I must admit) a sometimes annoying grammar pedant. And I'm proud to say I was on Jeopardy (but, sadly, came in third - and only won a designer watch ...).





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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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"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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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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By Maria 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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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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This is a good collection. Almost all are new for me, though I have a lot of anecdotal books. It is hard to say, how useful they are, because many of the are opposite to each others. Some want you to be hard, direct, optimistic and even selfish, some suggest the best way is to love, help and to be kind. I value those sayings that are short and not quite what you expect. There are at least 30 or 40 which are really great. This is one of the best collections I have.
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i received this book as a gift. I have almost every quote book already so this was quite a change from my normal quotation books. I really enjoyed reading the rules over & over. Some witty ,funny,serious, I suggest this book is great a find to keep on the shelf of good reads. I am excited to get another one of Katherine &Ross books now after reading this one.
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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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