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The Penquin Thesaurus of Quotations
     

The Penquin Thesaurus of Quotations

by M. J. Cohen
 
From Woody Allen on aggression to Leon Trotsky on civilization, Joseph Kennedy on endurance, and Austin O'Malley on thinking, The Penguin Thesaurus of Quotations is a treasury of witty, wise, and memorable lines. Here are more than 12,000 quotes--culled from sources as wide-ranging as the Bible and the Internet--organized alphabetically into approximately 800

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From Woody Allen on aggression to Leon Trotsky on civilization, Joseph Kennedy on endurance, and Austin O'Malley on thinking, The Penguin Thesaurus of Quotations is a treasury of witty, wise, and memorable lines. Here are more than 12,000 quotes--culled from sources as wide-ranging as the Bible and the Internet--organized alphabetically into approximately 800 categories. Within each category, quotations are listed alphabetically by author. The selections in this meticulously researched volume are intelligent and well-chosen, with each quote containing detailed source notes. Both a browser's paradise and an indispensable tool for students, speechmakers, letter writers, and quotation aficionados, this book includes clever lines you've never read as well as old favorites whose exact wording you don't fully remember and want to be sure you get right.

"It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations." --Winston Churchill, speaking of himself

M.J. Cohen has coedited two previous books in the Penguin Reference series. He is a publishing consultant when not pursuing the quotable.

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Library Journal
Living up to its title as a thesaurus--a collection of information organized for ease of retrieval--this is a vast collection of words of wisdom, from the beginning of recorded verbiage to the present, arranged by subject. Readers will find 800 topics--from "afterlife," "applause," and "assassination" to "worry," "youth," and "zed"--all of which make this a good reference source for speechmakers, writers, and information browsers. The quotes are arranged alphabetically by source, and each gives the pertinent information: who said it and in what context (e.g., in text, in a speech). One does wonder how the topics were arrived at, though. The introduction freely admits that The New Penguin Dictionary of Quotations (1994) and The Penguin Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Quotations (1996) are major sources. And readers are given direction on how to find a topic if the one that immediately comes to mind isn't in the alphabetical table of contents. Categories are cross-referenced, which definitely helps. Librarians who feel that they can't have too many reference books will find this a sound choice; while Bartlett's can lead readers to quotes by author and key word, those who like sifting through topics may find this work easier to use.--Carol Spielman Lezak, General Learning Communications, Northbrook, IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670858842
Publisher:
Viking Adult
Publication date:
09/01/1998
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
672
Product dimensions:
9.48(w) x 6.44(h) x 1.96(d)

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