Don't Forget to Sing in the Lifeboats: Uncommon Wisdom for Uncommon Times

Don't Forget to Sing in the Lifeboats: Uncommon Wisdom for Uncommon Times

by Kathryn Petras, Ross Petras

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ISBN-13: 9780761155256
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/20/2009
Pages: 389
Sales rank: 389,983
Product dimensions: 4.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Kathryn and Ross Petras, sister and brother, are great curators of quotes whose calendar, The 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said, has sold over 4.6 million copies. Kathryn Petras lives in Seattle.



Ross and Kathryn Petras, brother and sister, are great curators of quotes whose calendar, The 365 Stupidest Things Ever Said, has sold over 4.6 million copies. Ross Petras lives in Toronto.

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Don't Forget to Sing in the Lifeboats: Uncommon Wisdom for Uncommon Times 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
eam on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This is a great book filled with wonderful tidbits of wisdom. It helps us to see that we can overcome the mountains life puts in our path. As a teacher, I am using it in the class room to help encourage and inspire my students and to realize that everyone (even great people) have obstacles to overcome.
b.buerkle on LibraryThing 7 months ago
"Don't Forget to Sing in the Lifeboats: Uncommon Wisdom for Uncommon Times" is a diverse compendium of thoughts on life in hard or changing times. Kathryn and Ross Petras have gathered quotations on the subject of living from every perspective they could find: writers, philosophers, artists, politicians, and mystics; ancient wisdom from 500 BC to modern voices still living; from Christian to Muslim to Confucian.Those looking for inspiration from others who have lived and experienced much will find a line for any frame of mind. From funny to sober, from lengthy asides to concise quips, to thoughts from out of left field ("He that lives upon hope, dies farting" - Benjamin Franklin), "Don't Forget to Sing in the Lifeboats" has myriad varieties of lemonade made from life's many lemons.This collection is sprinkled with fun illustrations from award-winning artist R. O. Blechman, and each passage is categorized for the casual browser. The volume also includes a source list containing mini-bios of who is quoted for those who want to know.Kathryn and Ross Petras have put together a delightful book for the coffee table, office desk, or beside of anyone needing a little bit of uncommon perspective for these truly uncommon times.
pandorabox82 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I loved this book. The quotes offered here range from the well known to the little known, and all seem to fit in the place they are put. However, the Petras siblings also won my heart over by including my favorite author (Flannery O'Connor) and my favorite singer (Harry Chapin) amongst the luminaries that they quote here. While this does color my judgment some, it also makes me want to read more from them, since their taste in both quotes and source material runs in line with mine.
younghus on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I like quotations and have my own list that I've compiled from my reading. "Don't Forget to Sing in the Lifeboats" is a similar compilation by Kathryn & Ross Petras and published by Workman. The selection of quotes is eclectic, everything from philosophers to athletes and entertainers, and the layout of the book looks like Workman's quote-of-the-day calendars. Unfortunately, it suffers from all of this. While some may find it entertaining, the book is a seemingly random assortment of thoughts without a unifying theme or even a claim to literary or historic significance. Certainly I can't fault the Rosses for collecting ideas that caught their fancy, nor for finding a home for publishing their list, but I didn't find the book very useful personally. Like the tear-off calendars Workman offers, "Don't Forget to Sing in the Lifeboats" seems made for a single glance, a moment of evaluation, and then in most cases, disposal one page at a time. That works for a corner of a cubicle, maybe, but doesn't call for permanent shelf space.
TracyK1 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
This book is a nice book of inspirational quotations. They are by all different people. Kathryn and Ross Petras did a nice job of putting them into individual sections like "The Fine Art of Being Happy". This is a well thought out selection and coveres many different kinds of feeling that a person could have and has uplifiting quotes the get you thinking and feeling better. I also like that at the end of the book they have a section with a little biography of who each of these people are that were quoted. Exellent book!
hredwards on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Really nice liitle book. Easy to read quotes from people from all walks of life.Uplifting and funny, this book is a nice way to start your day or turn a bad day around. Small enough to carry with you yet full of all kinds of wise sayings.I especially like the way the authors list a small description in the back that explains wh these people with the wisdom are.Great, fun read and a nice gift idea!
Jim53 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
The sister-brother team of Kathryn and Ross Petras gives us another collection of aphorisms, with an overall theme of dealing with tough times. Some of the sayings are witty, some earnest. Most are intended to be at least somewhat uplifting or encouraging. Ultimately the tone is humorous in the face of bad luck. The title comes from a quote from Voltaire: "Life is a shipwreck, but don't forget to sing in the lifeboats." As such collections go, this is a pretty good one. It's a very suitable choice for leaving in the smallest room of your house, to dip into it at random during your visits there. The authors provide an appendix containing very brief (four lines or so) introductions of the people they have quoted. There's no Yogi Berra or Dorothy Parker, but Charles Bukowski and Oscar Wilde fill in pretty well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good quote books. When ever I have had an off day i grab this book and read a few of my faviorte quotes and helps turn my day around
MCHEATH More than 1 year ago
Common sense advice in these uncommon times. A really good read.