- Paperback: 216 pages
- Publisher: Reader's Digest (March 31, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0895779250
- ISBN-13: 978-0895779250
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 7.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 66 customer reviews
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The index includes a list of subjects, in alphabetical order, but does not hyper-linked to the quotes themselves, which would have been nice. (Maybe we can see that in the next edition of the book.) It would also be nice to have an index of quoted persons, too. However, I absolutely love this book, especially in this electronic format. And you can quote me on that!
I didn't expect the range of authors quoted here to be as wide and as richly reperesentative as it is. There are contemporary writers, classic authors, ancient proverbs from all over the world, religious sayings, and truisms from historical figures and current celebrities (although very little from the Bible, which surprised me). The topics these quotes cover are also varied on aspects of life. Take a look at the table of contents:
Our Better Side
For Better or Worse
When We Act
The Art of Conversation
The Nature of Life
The Natural World
The World of Nations
Despite being brief and, ahem, digestible, this book manages to touch upon ideas and beliefs examined from several angles, some of them droll and humorous. In any event, a deliberate reading of Quotable Quotes will provide food for thought and could spark quite a few conversations in your household. Come to think of it, this book of quotes is almost like a short course in world philosophy!
I'm glad that I went for a more general-purpose book of quotes now, as it will have myriad uses aside from being a great source for my scrapbook pages.
-Andrea, aka Merribelle.
Here are some examples:
"While forbidden fruit is said to taste sweeter, it usually spoils faster." - Abitail Van Buren
"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
"Nothing ever built arose to touch the skies unless some man dreamed that it should, some man believed that it could, and some man willed that it must." - Charles Kettering
"The human capacity to fight back will always astonish doctors and philosophers. It seems, indeed, that there are no circumstances so bad and no obstacles so big that man cannot conquer them." - Jean Tetreau
"It is one of the beautiful compensations in this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself."
- Charles Dudley Warner
"Serendipity is looking in a haystack for a needle and discovering a farmer's daughter" - Julius Comroe Jr.
Etc. Etc. Etc.
There are probably between 2,500-3,000 quotes in here. Definitely enough material to keep some fun stuff on my Twitter/Facebook pages for a while. Really enjoying this book!
We have a lot to learn from people that wrote about their own experiences. I recommend parents to try to use them with their youngsters .
I think they need different perspectives on life .