- Series: Dictionary, Penguin
- Paperback: 640 pages
- Publisher: Puffin (May 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140511652
- ISBN-13: 978-0140511659
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.1 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,372,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dictionary of 20th-Century Quotations, The Penguin: Third Edition (Dictionary, Penguin)
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It is a bit too British - centered for my taste, but there is so much in it nonetheless. It does not confine itself to the highbrow world, and also includes the ' sayings' of popular songs.
A few sample entries will perhaps give a sense of the kind of fare involved:
'The wish to pray is a prayer itself' George Bernanos
'No iron can stab the heart with such force as a full stop put in the right place.' Isaac Babel
'A symphony must be like the world. It must contain everything' Gustave Mahler
'I've worked myself up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty' Groucho Marx
'Health is an episode between two illnesses' Dr. Ted Kaptchuk
'He's a man way out there in the blue, riding on a smile and a shoeshine. And when they start not smiling back- that's an earthquake... A salesman is got to dream, boy. It comes with the territory. ' Arthur Miller ' Death of a Salesman'