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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,831 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.

Customer Reviews

Fun to read and a great gift.
Kaylan Brett
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.
C. Chitta
Keep this book around and read it anytime you need to feel inspired.
Shevi

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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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6 of 7 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 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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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 Markku Ojanen on December 26, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nichole Stephens on November 23, 2012
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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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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 21st year -- with over 4.5 million copies sold), "Don't Forget to Sing in the Lifeboats,"Age Doesn't Matter Unless You're a Cheese," "Wretched Writing," "It Always Seems Impossible Until It's Done," and the just published "Never Use a Long Word Where a Short One Will Do." (Visit us at stupidest.com and on Facebook (FB/unusually.stupid).

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

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