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Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Reference; 3 edition (May 26, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062732137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062732132
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #831,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Editor Fitzhenry neatly characterizes the work in his preface: "This book does not have the rich indices of key words or first lines for any of those seeking detailed and valuable aids." That being said, let's consider what it does have: more than 6,000 quotations, presented under alphabetically arranged topical headings, from Ability and Achievement to Youth. The wide variety of persons quoted represents wit past and present, from Shakespeare, Shaw, and Lincoln to William J. Clinton (indexed as "President William F. Clinton"), Gloria Steinem, and Charles M. Schultz. Proverbs of several nations and many biblical passages are also included. More Canadians seem to be included here than in comparable collections: Margaret Atwood, Henri Bourassa, Robertson Davies, John G. Diefenbaker, Wilfrid Laurier, and Hugh McLennan are a few examples. (Fitzhenry is a Canadian publisher.)

Previously published as the Barnes & Noble Book of Quotations (Barnes & Noble/Harper & Row, 1983; rev. ed., 1987), this edition's most notable change is the increase in the number of entries. Unfortunately, the troublesome features of the earlier editions are retained: citations are only to the names of authors or speakers, not to titles of works, and the only index is one of personal names. The arrangement by broad subject category makes browsing possible (and enjoyable), but the lack of a keyword index and the cheap paper used make long-term reference use impractical. The paperback edition would be an inexpensive purchase for home libraries, but reference librarians would do better to spend scarce collection dollars on the latest edition of Bartlett's. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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We keep this book in our bathroom and read portions every day.
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I must admit I find quotation collections pretty irresistable, but of all the ones I know, the Harper Book of Quotations is the best.
Steven Eldredge
I have found this book useful for speeches, papers, special occasions, toasts, etc.
KellyAnne

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 19, 1997
Format: Paperback
"A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket....Charles Peguy"(pg 479).......................

There are quote books and there are quote books. THIS is quote book you'll mark on every page and return to again and again. It's a feast of ideas that will become one of your favorite reference books. Forget Bartlett's. Here's a reference book you can actually use and enjoy reading at the same time. No wonder its on its third edition. I'm sorry I didn't discover it sooner.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Steven Eldredge on August 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
I must admit I find quotation collections pretty irresistable, but of all the ones I know, the Harper Book of Quotations is the best. Absolutely chock-full of the most wonderful things, excellently organized. Don't dare to pick it up if you are in a hurry, because I promise you will browse in its pages happily for a long time. I like to open it at random and just start reading, as I never know what gems I will discover.

An absolutely essential book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By KellyAnne on October 10, 2001
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...One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket." (Charles Peguy, p 479) What a wonderful reference! I have found this book useful for speeches, papers, special occasions, toasts, etc. Organized topically, this book is amazingly easy to use and is filled with great quotes from a wide variety of sources (the Bible, various ethnic proverbs, presidents and other political figures, a range of artists and writers and various entertainers). A great book for anyone who ever speaks or writes in any capacity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 23, 2014
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I purchased my First copy of this book many years ago, and enjoyed it so much, that I look forward to New editions. If you love Books of Quotations, then you will enjoy this book. I began with the 3rd Edition, and enjoy this book as much as I enjoy books on Presidents, and books on Animals. I became very interested in Quotations, after reading books for several years on my favorite authors. After being published, my interest in Quotations grew more-and-more. I enjoy reading the Quotes of many famous people, and continue to purchase different books on Quotations.

There are over 6,500 Quotations of ideas, subjects, people, and places. The Table Of Contents gives you tons of words to follow, and the book is easy to read. This book is enjoyable, and impressive. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 30, 2004
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This is a great book! I found it my school library and I go in on break just to read through a few pages.
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