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The Quotable Intellectual: 1,417 Bon Mots, Ripostes, and Witticisms for Aspiring Academics, Armchair Philosophers...And Anyone Else Who Wants to Sound Really Smart Paperback – July 18, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (July 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440505896
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440505898
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Peter Archer is an editor at Adams Media. He subscribes to the New Yorker, the Economist, and the New York Review of Books; keeps a copy of Dante’s Divine Comedy on his nightstand; and has an M.Litt. from the University of St. Andrews. Which makes him as much of a pseudointellectual as he needs to be to write this book.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Martina O'Malley on September 10, 2010
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I wish there were more books like this one out there! It's good to know that there are still intelligent and witty people out there like Peter Archer. There is a quote in this book for every occasion and using them in my every day life is a new favorite pastime and something to entertain and amuse friends and co-workers alike.
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By Elizabeth M Gilcher on September 3, 2012
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I recently hosted a birthday party and each table was a different theme, one was books. For favors I made 8 different bookmarks-each with at least 10 "quotes" on them. I got almost all of quotes from "Quotable Intellectual". It was great and more than fulfilled my needs. It was a wonderful resource. I recommend it to anyone who likes quotes and their sources.
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By EZE on October 25, 2011
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I REALLY enjoyed this book. I am a person that loves to read all kinds of quotes. This book has a bunch and plenty that I haven't heard of. It's divided into topics from Marriage, Friendship, Business, Technology, Love, War, Death, Religion...etc and provides a cool amount of quotes that are then divided as being positive on the subject and then negative.

Good read and I guess it can help you sound very smart if you can memorize a few and integrate them into a normal conversation.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Irfan A. Alvi TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 9, 2012
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I don't even remember how I wound up with this book, but I like these sorts of quotes because they provide a kind of condensed insight. And this particular book offers the benefit of organizing quotes into many categories, so that you can compare and contrast different views on the same topic. I did just that, taking considerable time to get through the book, and I took the further step of trying to condense all of the quotes on each topic into a single quote of my own - a sort of meta or hyper condensation, if you will. The results turned out better than I expected, and I've presented them below, so reading the book was worthwhile for me and I can recommend it.

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Art is perceptive or creative. It may represent the self, ideas, or reality. It may please, intrigue, edify, or otherwise influence us. Our lives can be works of art.

Of all forms of art, architecture has perhaps the greatest aspirations and pretensions. But that means it sometimes also has the most noticeable failures.

A good movie will transport the viewer into another reality and will strongly shape their flow of moods and feelings. To do so, it may exaggerate aspects of reality. Because of its immediacy, theater can take all of this even further than movies.

Poetry aims to express, via artful use of words and word structures, that which is important but never fully expressible. As a result, poetry is typically ambiguous and often misinterpreted.

Music, because of its abstractness, perhaps comes closest to expressing that which is inexpressible. Beyond it, we must remain silent.

Language fundamentally shapes us and we shape it, across the entire spectrum from rudimentary communication to our highest expressions.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rwx on January 17, 2012
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It is both original and witty, but the witty part is not original, and the original is not witty but pretentious and boring.
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