The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

Book - 2004 | Sixth edition
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Baker & Taylor
More than twenty thousand quotations from every era and location are combined in a comprehensive reference that also encompasses details of the earliest traceable source, birth and death dates, and career briefs for each entry, as well as a thematic and keyword index.

Book News
Yes, Oscar Wilde's last words, addressed to his ugly wallpaper, were "One of us has to go." Yes, the official advice on how to respond to a local nuclear attack was to "duck and cover." And no, Kirk never said "Beam me up, Scotty." Readers are likely to be both shaken and stirred by this collection of 20,000 quotations, generated by both the intentionally and accidentally brilliant. Each entry includes the briefest of biographies, provenance, and (when necessary) context. Especially helpful are the index based on key words and phrases, and a series of thematic listings such as film titles, advertising slogans, prayers, songs, telegrams and toasts. This new edition includes some of the latest musings by leaders of governments both active and deposed, and some truly startling pronouncements by people who are said to be the brightest lights of pop culture, that is, until they speak without a script. The only apparent downside to this volume is that one can browse, and laugh, for hours and hours. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Brings together thousands of quotations from every era and location in a reference that provides a thematic and keyword index and such details as the earliest traceable source, birth and death dates, and career briefs for each person.

Oxford University Press
The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations has been long hailed as the most literary quotation book available, and the newest edition is the largest and most comprehensive of its kind. Over 20,000 quotations from every era and every location bring you the wisdom of ages and the sound bites of today. The text is a browser's paradise that allows the reader to identify who said what, and when, and where.
Here readers will find in one volume the wit and wisdom of humanity--the finest lines to be found from Shakespeare, the Bible, Mark Twain, Alan Greenspan, and hundreds of other writers, philosophers, political figures, and entertainers. This new edition contains over 200 new entries including sixty-one quotable Americans. This updated sixth edition encompasses current trends in politics and culture with quotations such as "States like these constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world" (George Bush), and "It's a good thing" (Martha Stewart). Many other new additions are older in origin, yet enlighten events of the twenty-first century.
Each illuminating entry contains in-depth details of the earliest traceable source, biographical cross-references, birth and death dates, and a career brief. With both a thematic and keyword index, scholars and readers thumbing through the book will easily be able to find quotations for all occasions. Ranging from the profound, to cogent, to witty, these quotations will add spice to your writing and conversation. An ideal reference for any home or office library,The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations is a perennial source of entertainment and inspiration for public speakers, writers, or anyone else who enjoys a sparkling line or spirited reply.

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004
Edition: Sixth edition
ISBN: 9780198607205
Branch Call Number: 808.882 Oxford 2004
Characteristics: xxvi, 1,140 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Knowles, Elizabeth (Elizabeth M.)


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sit_walk Feb 10, 2011

Great index. Wonderful to explore. A really great book if you like huge dictionaries of quotations!


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