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Concise Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (Oxford Paperback Reference) [Paperback]

Susan Ratcliffe
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17 Mar 2011 Oxford Paperback Reference
Based on the highly acclaimed seventh edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, this new edition maintains its extensive coverage of literary and historical quotations, and contains completely up-to-date material from today's influential literary and cultural figures. It is the only dictionary of quotations which ensures coverage of the most popular and widely-used quotations by searching the largest ongoing language research programme in the world, the Oxford English Corpus. Over 1,000 new quotes have been added for this edition, and categories such as Catchphrases, Film Lines, Official Advice, and Political Slogans are included. An easy-to-use keyword index traces quotations and their authors. This is the most authoritative paperback dictionary of quotations available. Containing over 9,000 quotations from more than 2,300 authors, it is both a fascinating read, and an invaluable general reference tool. Quotations new to this edition include: 'The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.' Aristotle 'Imagination is the highest kite that can fly.' Lauren Bacall 'You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough.' William Blake 'Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.' Marie Curie 'Between grief and nothing I will take grief.' William Faulkner 'We must be the change we wish to see in the world.' Mahatma Gandhi 'Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.' Jung 'Failure is not an option.' Gene Kranz 'To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.' Herman Melville 'Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.' Montaigne

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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 6 edition (17 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199567077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199567072
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 13 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Susan Ratcliffe is an Associate Editor for Oxford Quotations Dictionaries, and has previously edited the Oxford Dictionary of Phrase, Saying, and Quotation, the Little Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, and the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations by Subject.

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5.0 out of 5 stars CONCISE YET COMPREHENSIVE 5 Jun 2008
If like me you enjoy having a book of quotations at hand to trace the origins of a particular famous quote or look up new ones then you would be well advised to purchase this particular concise dictionary of quotations.

The quotations are ordered alphabetically starting with Dianne Abbot's "Being an M.P is the sort of job all working-class parents want for their children - clean, indoors and no heavy lifting" and ending with a quotation from the Zoroastrian scriptures "Truly there are two primal spirits, twins renowned to be in conflict. In thought and word, in act they are two: the better and the bad."

The two quotes I have just cited give an idea of the great sweep of quotes to be found in the book which range from the more jocular to the more serious, from the more modern to the more ancient and from a wide variety of sources. The compendious nature of the book is it's greatest asset.

For those who can remember actual quotes but can't remember who said them there is a helpful alphabetic index of themes near the back of the book. So, for example, if you wanted to know who said "money is like muck, not good except it be spread," you can go to the index, look it up under quotes relating to 'money' and see that you will find it in the selection of quotes attributed to Francis Bacon.At the end of the book is included a selection of famous catchphrases, advertising slogans, film lines, last words, misquotations and political slogans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book ( but don't quote me!!) 12 July 2013
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Every family should have one. It's a dictionary of clever, informative sayings by the great and the good. Buy one today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 31 Jan 2011
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Brand new as stated. Very good service, arrived promply and well within the timescale indicated. Would recommend this supplier to others.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Need a magnifying glass to read it! 4 Jan 2010
This book is absolutely fine if you are young and have excellent eyesight. Even then you might struggle to read the incredibly small print. I'd say if you're over the age of 50 buy the larger print version it is much more readable.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Concise Oxford Dictionary of Quotations 15 July 2011
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I am disapointed in this book. I love quotes and collect them. This seems to be quite "stuffy'. have found very little of interest to me. Not my cup of tea. Will pass it on.
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