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As Emerson once said, "By necessity, by proclivity--and by delight, we all quote." We quote from the Bible and from Shakespeare, from Churchill and Will Rogers, we quote to amuse our friends, to spice our conversation or our writing, to lend authority to what we say. We even quote without knowing whom we quote, saying "love conquers all" (Virgil, The Aeneid
) or "damn with faint praise" (Pope, Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot
In the Fourth Edition of The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, you can find (and verify) classic quotes and little-known gems--the words of the famous and the notorious, the witty and the wise--in a collection of over 20,000 quotations from more than 3,000 authors. Almost forty percent of the material is new since the third edition, including thousands of twentieth-century quotations, from Virginia Woolf to John Lennon. As in earlier editions, the new Oxford Dictionary of Quotations is a literary banquet, a feast of the finest excerpts of poets and novelists, essayists and historians. From Yeats ("A terrible beauty is born") to Orwell ("At 50, everyone has the face he deserves"), from the King James Bible ("Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall") to Marx ("From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs"), this volume brims with essential quotes. Here too are the notable political figures of history, including Napoleon ("An army marches on its stomach"), Queen Elizabeth I ("I will make you shorter by a head"), and Harry Truman ("If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen"). Coming right up to the present-day world of international mass media and entertainment, the new Dictionary even includes the immortal words of the Monty Python comedy troupe: "And now for something completely different."
This new edition also features a helpful organization and indexing system. The entries are arranged alphabetically by author, with full attributions and explanatory notes, and the index offers easy access to individual quotations through thousands of keywords. In addition, the Dictionary offers thorough foreign language coverage, from Aristotle to Moliere to Schiller, with quotations provided in both the original and in English translation.
Like the acclaimed Third Edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, this volume provides an ideal reference for any home or office library--a constant source of entertainment and inspiration for public speakers, writers, and anyone else who enjoys a sparkling line or a spirited reply.
The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations
has been long hailed as the most literary quotation book available. Here readers will find in one volume the wit and wisdom of humanity the finest lines to be found in Shakespeare, the Bible, Mark Twain, Groucho Marx, and hundreds of other writers, philosophers, political figures, and entertainers.
This major new edition offers the broadest and most up-to-date coverage of quotations available today. Now with 20,000 quotations arranged by author, this is Oxford's largest quotations dictionary ever. Alongside superb coverage of quotations from traditional sources, the Dictionary now boasts improved coverage of world religions, classical Greek and Latin literature, proverbs, and nursery rhymes. In addition, for the first time there are special sections for Advertising Slogans, Epitaphs, Film Lines, and Misquotations, which bring together topical and related quotes. Moreover, the new Fifth Edition provides enhanced accessibility with a new thematic index to help you find the best quotes on a chosen subject, more in depth details of the earliest traceable source, an extensive keyword index, and biographical cross references, so you will easily be able to find quotations for all occasions, and identify who said what, where, and when.
Ranging from profound, to cogent, to witty, these quotations will add spice to your writing and conversation. An ideal reference for any home or office library, The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, Fifth Edition is a constant source of entertainment and inspiration for public speakers, writers, or anyone else who enjoys a sparkling line or a spirited reply.
Now updated and expanded, and containing over 17,000 quotations from 2,500 men and women from all walks of life, this revised edition of the
foremost dictionary of quotations offers the ideal bon mot
for every occasion.
Quotes from all eras are included, from the Bible and Shakespeare to films and song lyrics. This revised edition also contains appendices covering Sayings of the '90s, Popular Misquotations, Advertising Slogans, and Mottos. More non-English quotations are included (many in their original language and English), as well as more quotations from women authors, from the sciences, and from films, TV, journalism, and politics. Each quotation is accompanied by its earliest traceable source, and the main listing by author is complemented by a useful key word index. And the Dictionary is now especially user-friendly, with expanded information on authors and individual quotations.
Long a treasured resource for anyone seeking the perfect expression, The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations in this revised fourth edition will be the definitive source to turn to for years to come.
About the Author
Elizabeth Knowles has been the Managing Editor of Oxford's Quotations Dictionaries since 1993. She lives in the United Kingdom.