20,000 Quips & Quotesby Evan Esar
Mirrored in the sayings, witticisms, wisecracks, & comic proverbs collected in this book are the contemporary prejudices of the public. Includes the words of Aristotle, Isak Dinesen, Erasmus, Gandhi, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Fiorello La Guardia, & othersarranged in alphabetical categories ranging from Abandon to Zoo. An ideal reference for speakers, writers, politicians, performers, & salespeople. 908pp.
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Excellent compilation of the truisms that has spanned generations and dislays truth through humor. For the politially correct, buy another book. Your feeling will be hurt. Will force you to ponder life. Enjoy!
I found this book to be boarderline offensive. Comic comments are one thing, but bigotry and chauvinism do not warrant publication. Instead, I would recommend something written by George Carlin. He can be sharp-tongued, but still funny.
I have not found this book to be very useful at all, as the majority of the quotations are extremely outdated and many of them are cruel, especially to women. Reading this book is just plain irritating, and there aren't any quotes that pertain to the world past 1968. There is very little of use in this book that can't be found in one of the many other books of quotations in print. Some of the infamous gems you can expect to find in this book: 'Homosexuality is a philosophy of behavior based on a posteriori experience.' 'In one respect the old-fashioned kitchens were superior to the modern ones--they had old-fashioned housewives in them.' 'Many a woman would be more spick if she had less span.' 'Women who bulge when wearing slacks should not indulge in daily snacks.' 'At a wedding the bride is usually well groomed and the groom well bridled.' These quotes (and many more) aren't even credited to someone famous, there are many anonymous quotes that are simply inappropriate for any use other than to make fun of other people. This book could be improved with a major rewrite, removing the crass and sexist quotations and adding content that actually pertains to the world we live in. Or, one could just buy a different book of quotations such as Bartlett's Familiar Quotations (a collection of classic quotations often applicable for modern use) or The Macmillan Dictionary of Quotations.
Great book. Divided into many topics from work to marriage so quotes are easy to look up. Have it sitting out. Everyone that comes over picks it up and laughs after reading some of the quotes. I love it.