"Never let 'em see you sweat."
"Never change diapers in mid-stream."
"Never let a crisis go to waste."
"Never ruin an apology with an excuse."
"Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died."
When we strongly encourage people to do something, it's called an exhortation. But what is the proper term for strongly discouraging people? One candidate is admonition. Another is dehortation, the opposite of exhortation. But perhaps the best term for an emphatic piece of dissuasive advice is neverism. You won't find the term in any dictionary (at least not yet) because quotation anthologist Dr. Mardy Grothe coined it himself for this collection of nearly two thousand quotable cautionary warnings. With the whimsical and witty intermixed with the serious and profound, contributors range from Aesop and Marcus Aurelius to John Wayne and Mae West. Grothe also tells the fascinating "back stories" of scores of classic quotations as well as the history of hundreds more that have never before appeared in a quotation anthology. Organized by topics such as Wit & Wordplay, Politics & Government, Sports, Stage & Screen, and The Literary Life, this is a book about quotations as well as a book of them. Neverisms is sure to delight quotation lovers and language aficionados everywhere.
Dr. Mardy Grothe is a psychologist, management consultant, and public speaker. He is the author of five previous word-and-language books: I Never Metaphor I Didn't Like, Viva la Repartee, Oxymoronica, Ifferisms, and Never Let a Fool Kiss You or a Kiss Fool You. A lifelong quotation collector, Dr. Mardy—as he is known to his fans around the globe—is routinely described as a "quotation maven" and is well on his way to becoming America's most popular quotation anthologist. He lives with his wife, Katherine Robinson, in North Carolina.
I have enjoyed all of the books of quotations by Dr. Mardy Grothe.
Neverisms is one of those books that do not require straight-through reading; one can dip into it here and there, finding a gem on every page.
I guarantee that when you're done, you'll be headed back to the 'net to buy your next "fix"!
It is not a book to be read in a hurry, none of his seem to be.
There is a lot of information, and some of the phrases can be reread and repeated many times.
I have read several of Dr. Grothe's books and they all have value as entertainment and interesting subject matter; however, I am growing weary of his style. Read morePublished 12 months ago by L. Huber
We live in a world of good stuff, one of the best things you can ever do is use your mind and his books make you think.Published 16 months ago by Gregory Hillman
I enjoyed this book so much that I bought a copy to give to a friend and, happily, they agree that is interesting and entertaining.Published 17 months ago by JR Blu
The book came in perfect condition and came in fast. I was really pleased to see that even though the book was used, there's wasn't a scratch on it.Published on July 11, 2012 by The amazballs
This is just as good as the earlier books. I wonder how he can follow so well the early history of a certain aphorism. Read morePublished on October 2, 2011 by Markku Ojanen
Never underestimate "neverisms" as they can be quite powerful, really funny and at times possessing condensed wisdom. Read morePublished on September 27, 2011 by Rupesh Verma
Dr. Grothe has a very easy, readable style, and his explanations/sources/information about the Neverism quotes are fascinating. Read morePublished on September 14, 2011 by Caryl R. Hancock
First, a little disclaimer: I own the Kindle version of this book.
When I purchased the book thanks to a recommendation on a kindle blog, my girlfriend thought I was... Read more