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Yale University Press
The Yale Book of Quotations

The Yale Book of Quotations

by Fred R. Shapiro, Joseph EpsteinFred R. Shapiro


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Named the #2 reference book that is essential for a home library by Donald Altschiller, Wall Street Journal
Named a Best Book of 2006 by Amazon
“Shapiro does original research, earning his 1,067-page volume a place on the quotation shelf next to Bartlett's and Oxford's.”—William Safire, New York Times Magazine
“More comprehensive than any other quotation-reference work.”—Katie Hafner, BookForum
“Meticulously researched. . . . a quotations book with footnotes that are as fascinating to read as the quotes themselves.”—Arthur Spiegelman, Washington Post Book World
This reader-friendly volume contains more than 12,000 famous quotations, arranged alphabetically by author. It is unique in its focus on American quotations and its inclusion of items not only from literary and historical sources but also from popular culture, sports, computers, science, politics, law, and the social sciences. Anonymously authored items appear in sections devoted to folk songs, advertising slogans, television catchphrases, proverbs, and others.

For each quotation, a source and first date of use is cited. In many cases, new research for this book has uncovered an earlier date or a different author than had previously been understood. (It was Beatrice Kaufman, not Sophie Tucker, who exclaimed, “I’ve been poor and I’ve been rich. Rich is better!” William Tecumseh Sherman wasn’t the originator of “War is hell!” It was Napoleon.) Numerous entries are enhanced with annotations to clarify meaning or context for the reader. These interesting annotations, along with extensive cross-references that identify related quotations and a large keyword index, will satisfy both the reader who seeks specific information and the curious browser who appreciates an amble through entertaining pages.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300107982
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 10/30/2006
Pages: 1104
Sales rank: 576,065
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.94(d)

About the Author

Fred R. Shapiro is associate librarian and lecturer in legal research at the Yale Law School. He is a well-known authority on quotations and the editor of The Oxford Dictionary of American Legal Quotations.


Browsing in The Yale Book of Quotations:
"Today I consider myself to be the luckiest man on the face of the earth."
Lou Gehrig
"Live fast, die young, and leave a good-looking corpse."
Willard Motley
"Whatever does not kill me makes me stronger."
Friedrich Nietzsche
"We must love one another or die."
W. H. Auden
"Don't ask, don't tell."
Charles Moskos
"Showing up is 80 percent of life."
Woody Allen
"What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?"
Langston Hughes
"Yes I said yes I will Yes."
James Joyce
"You see things; and you say 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say 'Why not?'"
George Bernard Shaw
"There is no there there."
Gertrude Stein
"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex."
Dwight Eisenhower

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