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Entertaining and easy to use, The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations brings together more than 18,000 fresh and intriguing remarks, witticisms, judgments, and observations on 1,500 alphabetically arranged subjects. More than 11,000 of these quotations have never before appeared in a quotation book. Full of the world's most apt sentences and less familiar quotations from Shakespeare to Malcolm X, from Lenin to Salman Rushdie, from Emily Dickinson to Camille Paglia, here is the best new large quotation book in decades--and the liveliest one available.

These funny, profound, touching, provocative, and memorable quotations, chosen not for their familiarity but for their quality and their relevance, cover subjects from adolescence and adoption to yuppies and zoos. Each quotation has a detailed, accurate citation. Read:

* Henry Kissinger and Desmond Tutu on leadership;

* John F. Kennedy and Alexander Solzhenitsyn on the press;

* Tallulah Bankhead and Andrea Dworkin on sex;

*Marlon Brando and Paul Gauguin on obesity;

* Emerson, Wilde, and Twain on just about anything.

Columbia University Press

Over 11,000 of these 18,000 quotations have never before appeared in a quotation book. Chosen not for their familiarity but for their quality and their relevance in the 1990s, these provocative quotations cover subjects from adolescence and adoption to yuppies and zoos.

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Quality and intelligence are the watchwords behind The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations. Quotations are selected based on aptness and truth, rather than solely on familiarity: More than 11,000 (of the 18,000-plus entries) have never appeared in a general quotation book. The quotations are organized into 1,500 categories that cover a wonderful range of topics. In addition to timeless issues such as Love and Loneliness, or Politics and Honesty, the collection boldly graduates to more contemporary concerns, including Modernism and Post-Modernism, Nonviolence, the Nuclear Age, and Walt Disney. Otherwise unrecognized and underrepresented voices are expressly included. Thus, the rich and varied sources include the classics such as Winston Churchill, Samuel Johnson, and Ralph Waldo Emerson as well as women, gays and lesbians, minorities, and dissenters from around the globe. Index: Source.

The ability to search The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations by subject and gender makes it unique.

William Safire
The most refreshing new quotation book of the year.
Library Journal
This expanded version of The Concise Co lumbia Dictionary of Quotations 1989 corrects some of the latter's deficiencies . Claiming 11,000 quotes not found in similar sources, the Dictionary offers 18,000 quotes arranged alphabetically by speaker under 1500 well-selected topics. Brief citations to original sources are noted, and See references guide one to related quotes under other topics. For those who feel most comfortable quoting contemporaries, this sourcebook supplies an ample serving. There's a Woody Allen snippet on sex; Nora Ephron's observation on controversy; and Donald Trump's position on self-promotion. However, those who savor tried-and-true quotations from sages of the past will not be disappointed. An index of sources not seen is included but no keyword index. This should prove a popular general quotation sourcebook for academic, public, and school libraries.-- Stanley P. Hodge, Ball State Univ. Lib., Muncie, Ind.
Not just the famous, the familiar, the faded, but also the pointedly the contradictory (I don't like nostalgia unless it's mine--Lou Reed), contumacious (I've only been in love with a beer bottle and a mirror--Sid Vicious), the contentious (A narcissist is someone better looking than you are--Gore Vidal), and the all-time memorable (To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god--Jorge Luis Borges). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231071949
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 12/7/1993
  • Pages: 1090
  • Product dimensions: 7.84 (w) x 10.55 (h) x 1.69 (d)

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