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Compiled and edited by the brothers Safir(e), this sequel to their Good Advice ( LJ 6/1/82) is not merely a collection of quotations; as the preface notes, ". . . we specialize in the imperative mood, with direction explicit." The work is arranged alphabetically by topic, with references to related headings; sources range from the Talmud through Shakespeare, Thoreau, and Colette to Business Week and Grace Slick. The selection of both topics and individual quotations is the key to the book's quality: Estee Lauder and Marlene Dietrich comment on allure, Cicero and George Burns advise the elderly, and Winston Churchill and Napoleon appear under the heading peace. This easy-to-use collection should have wide appeal to everyone from browsers to writers looking for mots justes .
- Stephen H. Cape, Indiana Univ. Lib., Bloomington
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

William Safire joined the New York Times in 1973 as a political columnist, where he also writes a Sunday column, "On Language," about grammar, usage, and etymology. The author of several books including Freedom, Full Disclosure, and Scandalmonger, he is the winner of the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary and served nine years as a member of the Pulitzer Board.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (April 15, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671695878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671695873
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By CR Nic on November 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
The preface of "Words of Wisdom - More Good Advice" sent even this well-read quote afficionado running for my dictionary. Mr. Safire's witty introduction certainly carried a lot of weight! I found the quotes well-organized and enjoyable to read. The flavour of this book is definitely to the sardonic side but is very witty, thoughtful and useful. A little large to pack around with you but a nice volume for bedside reading.
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This is not the fault of Safire, but I was looking for a book which contained a few more profundities and a few less amusing quips. Not what I was expecting, but my wife seems to like it.
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I love quotes and use them all the time for multiple occasions. I bought this book used and I've already used several quotes from this book for birthday cards and scrapbooking.
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This work is organized by subject alphabetically, and has an excellent index by author.

The brothers Safir(e) have searched far and wide and collected thousands of small sayings for instruction and delight. There is much triteness here, and it can be tiresome to read a lot of this at a time. Nonetheless there is much 'wisdom' here and the organization by subject makes it seem as if each 'entry' and the sayings contained in it constitute a kind of mini- essay on this subject.

Here is one piece of such wisdom I particularly love. It is by Anne Frank on the subject of 'beauty'

"I don't think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains...My advice is: Go outside , to the fields, enjoy nature and the sunshine, go out and try to recapture happiness in yourself and in God.Think of all the beauty that's still left in and around you and be happy."
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