- File Size: 495 KB
- Print Length: 378 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Public Domain Books (October 4, 2009)
- Publication Date: March 17, 2006
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002RKSMHO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,040 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
Familiar Quotations Kindle Edition
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"If music be the food of love, play on,"
"parting is such sweet sorrow"
"Brevity is the soul of wit"
The truth is you really have to look hard to find quotes you will recognize if you have not lived a past life reading old fashioned classics. But needless to say I did get some enjoyment out of the book and now I see where some sayings come from. I did recognize a poem by Lord Byron where he says: "There is pleasure in the pathless woods,"
The content of the book ends at about 54% and the rest is a detailed index.
What I did enjoy was learning about writers I had not heard of before. As a collector of quotes that was fun.
But in general you need some patience to make it through this book although it maybe took a few hours. So there is some
interesting prose and poetry but you have to dig to find the diamonds. Sometimes that is worth the effort. To happen upon
a quote and say "I know that quote but who said it?" I did spend some of my time going backwards in the book to
find out who said what. Some of the names you just won't recognize or remember.
~The Rebecca Review
Ali Julia review
I have a number of favorite quotes from all eras, depending on my situation and needs, but I found only one of them here and it was only one sentence - the problem: the quote really isn't relevant without hearing or reading the entire offering of about a dozen lines.
One other problem: these quotations should be organized by relevance, what the reader needs - grief support, inspiration, losing, humility, honor, character development, importance of honesty, etc.
Sorry I couldn't recommend this book, especially since someone went to a good deal of effort to assemble this compendium of quotations.
Chris Gregory, author of Straight Like a Sapling, and Buckshot Pie, Semper Pi Publishing, Tekoa WA
“Familiar Quotations” is a delightful reference book. Filled with things, I think I have heard before, things I know I have heard before, and things I have never heard before. I find much that I wish I had heard before. Some take little effort to understand, others I think I understand, some require mental exertion to understand, but all are worthy of understanding. They invoke an inquisitiveness that results in a search for more about the authors and their works. I find “Familiar Quotations” a valuable resource.
A note on the "Bible" comment: the first 9% of the book includes the title page, the long author list and quotes form both the old and new testaments of the Bible. There are more Shakespeare quotes (which follow the Bible) than those of the biblical variety. This is a nice selection.