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"Dance First. Think Later": 618 Rules to Live By Paperback – February 24, 2011
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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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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.
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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I received this book as a gift. I sat down and started reading it then realized what a bunch of pithy trash. Which is exactly where it ended up in. Read morePublished 8 months ago by M. Hornig
This is one of my favorite quotation books and I was glad to be able to get extra copies to share with friends.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
A dance teacher at the high school where I sometimes work had this book on her desk so I ordered one. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Thomas F. Wold
A friend at work lent me her copy when I was having a particularly stressful day at work. It's an amazing little book. I carry it in my pocketbook. Read morePublished on April 19, 2014 by Felita Ramsami