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"Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places." (Roald Dahl) "If everything is under control, you are going too slow." (Mario Andretti) "Never make a credit decision on a beach." (Victor J. Boschini) "Dance first. Think later. It's the natural order." (Samuel Beckett)"

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Kathryn and Ross Petras, sister and brother, are great curators of quotes whose calendar, The 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said, has sold over 4.6 million copies. Kathryn Petras lives in Seattle.



Ross and Kathryn Petras, sister and brother, are great curators of quotes whose calendar, The 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said, has sold over 4.6 million copies. Ross Petras lives in Toronto.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 425 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; 1 edition (February 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761161708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761161707
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 0.9 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #447,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Absolutely wonderful! Filled with the wisest -- and funniest -- and most inspiring rules for living! I loved this book!
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"Dance First.Think Later: 618 Rules to Live By" doesn't have a subject index, nor an author index. This lack makes it virtually useless for someone searching for a topical quote or for attribution of a familiar quote to use in a speech or document. The arrangement is strictly the authors listing random quotes as "Rule No. 1 through Rule No. 618.

In their introduction, the authors contend there is an overriding theme to the book, that the writers and speakers included therein, "know how to live well." To this end, they even shortened a quote by Henry David Thoreau to fit the bill: Rule No. 399 -- "Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of life much so." It's difficult to believe that one of America's most famed ascetics would say such a thing. The compilers merely neglected to add the rest of the quote: "...Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something."

The quotes, while generally pithy, are often inane, e.g., Rule No. 172, "Don't worry about flies. Don't worry about mosquitoes. Don't worry about insects in general." F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Quote books by Robert Byrne are much the better buy and far more fun to read.
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As someone who has been told I over think things this is a great reminder. Sometimes you just have to let go and enjoy life and this little book is a great reminder. My adult children enjoyed reading the passages to each other on Christmas morning.
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By Maria on September 24, 2012
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Books arrived in mint condition in one package. Good book to read in short time frames. I carry one in my handbag to read when I have to wait for something or appointments run late. Amazon charges the shipping on each book - I ordered 2 at the same time so they could easily have come with one shipping charge)
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I knew the minute I read the title of the book that it had to be worth the investment. After a quick skim, I ordered copies for both my adult daughters. Wonderful quotes, some of them from people you'd never expect to be quoted in such a volume. A mix of historic and modern quotes. Excellent!
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I love reading and collecting books with quotes that inspire me. This one has something I feel is worth remembering on almost every page. It's small and only has one or two quotes per page, but they're good quotes, and the book is over 400-pages long.

You'll find ancient quotes here, from the likes of Cicero and Alexander the Great, all the way up to new quotes, from people like Ellen DeGeneres and Steve Jobs, as well as fictional characters, like Homer Simpson. Here are a few examples.

"Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something." ~ Kurt Vonnegut

"You can't stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes." ~ A.A. Milne

"Keep away from people who try to belittle you. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great." ~ Mark Twain

These are just three out of hundreds of great quotes. Keep this book around and read it anytime you need to feel inspired.
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This conveniently sized book of excellent, funny, surprising, and inspiring advice from a great variety of notables has been so much fun to have and read. I love the title and cover of the book which propped up & outward brightens any bookshelf already. There is an abundance of food for thought in large type throughout, framed nicely on each page, plenty of room for your own notes or make a photo of a page and frame for your own personal enjoyment and reminder.
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By T on October 18, 2011
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Love the short, inspirational quotes in the book. They make me think, laugh, reflect, and help brighten my day. Found the book cheaper through Amazon than in stores.
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