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"Dance First. Think Later": 618 Rules to Live By Paperback – February 24, 2011
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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.
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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 ...).
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I received this book as a gift. I sat down and started reading it then realized what a bunch of pithy trash. Which is exactly where it ended up in. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Hornig
This is one of my favorite quotation books and I was glad to be able to get extra copies to share with friends.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
A dance teacher at the high school where I sometimes work had this book on her desk so I ordered one. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Thomas F. Wold
This conveniently sized book of excellent, funny, surprising, and inspiring advice from a great variety of notables has been so much fun to have and read. Read morePublished 15 months ago by C. Chitta
A friend at work lent me her copy when I was having a particularly stressful day at work. It's an amazing little book. I carry it in my pocketbook. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Felita Ramsami