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The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, 2nd Edition Hardcover – 1953
Drawing on Oxford's unrivalled dictionary research program and unique language monitoring, this Second Edition offers quotations from hundreds of authors. These include classic quotations from established names for which new evidence of current usage has been found as well as earlier quotations used by well-known literary authors from around the English-speaking world.
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This is alphabetically organized from A (Lord Acton: "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely") to Z (Emile Zola: "J'accuse, " or, in English, "I accuse"). The volume concludes with an extensive index, comprising almost 500 pages. Quotations fill nearly 600 pages.
It is interesting to randomly thumb through pages (something that I do every so often, for the hidden pleasures thus experienced). For instance, George Washington: "Labour to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience."
Charles K. Harris: "Somewhere the sun is shining."
Napoleon: "England is a nation of shopkeepers" (in the original French, "L'Angleterre est une nation de boutiquiers.").
George Savile, Marquis of Halifax: "Men are not hanged for stealing horses, but that horses may not be stolen."
Victor Cousin: "Art for art's sake" (In French, "L'art pour l'art").
Lady Anne Barnard: "When the sheep are in the fauld, when the cows come home, When a' the weary world to quiet rest are gone."
One could go on and on. Such volumes can delight, as one relives well know sayings or discovers new ones. The selections are arbitrary, no doubt, but the discovery that comes with perusal of the volume is most pleasing.