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Something you might find in the foyer at your dentist's office
on August 10, 2013
"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.