Whatever the subject, someone has said something wise, witty, sarcastic or silly about it. And that memorable remark is probably in here. More than 5,000 amusing quotations, arranged alphabetically under 1200 thematic headings, will break the ice for any toast, speech, or presentation. All the quotes are drawn from a world-class cast of wits and humorists that range from Oscar Wilde and Dorothy Parker to Groucho Marx, Stephen Fry, and Woody Allen. There are aphorisms and epigrams; retorts and putdowns; quips and one-liners; sayings and proverbs; and gaffes and malapropisms. Fascinating source notes tell the stories behind the bons mots. Who told novelist H.G. Wells "It is all very well to be able to write books, but can you waggle your ears?" (J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan.) Which star stated, "An actor's a guy who, if you ain't talking about him, ain't listening"? (Marlon Brando.) A wonderfully entertaining and useful collection.