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"Dance First. Think Later": 618 Rules to Live By
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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
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
on October 19, 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
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
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2013
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If you like to know what famous people have said or given advice for; then you will like this book. It's an easy read full of quotes by such people as: Einstein, Steve Jobs, Gandhi, George Clooney, Rocky Marciano, and many more famous actress/actors, musicians, chefs, writers, etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2013
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arrived on time
some of the Rules... I already live by them :)
but I'm gonna start living by even more of them! truly inspiring!
i read it all the time :)
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