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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (April 15, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671695878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671695873
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Compiled and edited by the brothers Safir(e), this sequel to their Good Advice ( LJ 6/1/82) is not merely a collection of quotations; as the preface notes, ". . . we specialize in the imperative mood, with direction explicit." The work is arranged alphabetically by topic, with references to related headings; sources range from the Talmud through Shakespeare, Thoreau, and Colette to Business Week and Grace Slick. The selection of both topics and individual quotations is the key to the book's quality: Estee Lauder and Marlene Dietrich comment on allure, Cicero and George Burns advise the elderly, and Winston Churchill and Napoleon appear under the heading peace. This easy-to-use collection should have wide appeal to everyone from browsers to writers looking for mots justes .
- Stephen H. Cape, Indiana Univ. Lib., Bloomington
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I found this book extremely useful in college.
Tara Sackett
This work is organized by subject alphabetically, and has an excellent index by author.
Shalom Freedman
This is a very good book filled with good words of wisdom.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicolas Gremion on November 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
The preface of "Words of Wisdom - More Good Advice" sent even this well-read quote afficionado running for my dictionary. Mr. Safire's witty introduction certainly carried a lot of weight! I found the quotes well-organized and enjoyable to read. The flavour of this book is definitely to the sardonic side but is very witty, thoughtful and useful. A little large to pack around with you but a nice volume for bedside reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Best Reviewer on Amazon! on May 14, 2010
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I love quotes and use them all the time for multiple occasions. I bought this book used and I've already used several quotes from this book for birthday cards and scrapbooking.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Racer X on August 19, 2005
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This is not the fault of Safire, but I was looking for a book which contained a few more profundities and a few less amusing quips. Not what I was expecting, but my wife seems to like it.
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This book is written very well, and has every type of expression made by some very
famous people that give the reader new thoughts that can aid almost every day of the week.
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