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8,789 Words of Wisdom Paperback – August 1, 2001
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From the Back Cover
- Learn to unlearn.
- Truth does not blush.
- Enjoy the journey as much as the stay.
- Stretch beyond what is comfortable.
- If you think you can, you can.
- Pack you own parachute.
- Fall seven times, stand up eight.
- Keep your soul young.
Turn to any page and find the secrets of life.
About the Author
Barbara Ann Kipfer is the author of numerous Workman books including 14,000 Things to be Happy About. She is a lexicographer and author whose many works include thesauri and other reference books, spiritually themed books, and list books. She lives in New England. Her website is thingstobehappyabout.com.
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The clumsy Kipling reference brings me to the only negative aspect of the book which is that few of the words of wisdom in this book are attributed to their authors. Granted, some sayings have been part of a culture for so long that attribution might not be possible, but a line from Kipling's famous poem, "If" (which appears in this book) is not one of them. It disappointed me to recognize the words of Franklin, Emerson and others without their authors being recognized. That said, the book cost me only a few dollars, and if I'm so interested in finding the sources, then I easily can search them out myself. Barbara Ann Kipfer in any case explains their absence, as she jotted down sayings in a commonplace book over a period of years, and is simply transcribing that for readers. It is not a scholarly endeavor, and readers should not expect that of it.
What they should expect and I believe will enjoy is the serendipity of coming across aphorisms that seem to be meant just for them. Many such uncanny moments arise in paging through this book. As other reviewers have noted, the sayings are not topically or thematically organized. I say so much the better that this is not some miniature Bartlett's. "8,789 Words of Wisdom" is something fun, and may you enjoy this book as much as I do.
The only change I would make is to know who said what but an invaluable resource in any case.