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The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations [Hardcover]

Elizabeth Knowles
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9 Sep 2004 Oxford Dictionary of Quotations
This is a major new edition of Oxford's largest and most comprehensive dictionary of quotations, bringing you the wisdom of the ages and the sound bites of today in 20,000+ quotations. The text is a browser's paradise, covering people and events from Cleopatra to J. K. Rowling, and the battle of Marathon to the Hutton Inquiry. The keyword index will help you to trace that half-remembered quote, and identifies the quotations that give us key phrases such as 'state of the Union' and 'dodgy dossier'. Special sections bring together categories such as Misquotations and Film lines. Traditional areas have been enriched and the best of the new added, and the Introduction tells the story of the nation's favourite quotations dictionary over 60 years. 'Come, and take choice of all my library.' William Shakespeare 'Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.' Michelangelo 'If business always made the right decisions, business wouldn't be business.' J. Paul Getty 'I was captured for life by chemistry and by crystals.' Dorothy Hodgkin 'Superhuman effort isn't worth a damn unless it achieves results.' Ernest Shackleton

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  • Hardcover: 1168 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 6 edition (9 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198607202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198607205
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 18.5 x 6.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations remains a glorious treasure-house for browsers. (TLS)

Invaluable...Truly good value (Robert McCrum, Observer)

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all writers 29 July 2007
Its very size is comforting: my old one was becoming dog-eared so I invested in a new one. I find it difficult to believe there aren't more reviews of this because I would have thought it almost essential for anyone writing a book, screenplay, article, short story or speech, especially for material out of copyright.

Yes, the internet can be useful but is rarely authoritative. This is. If you're serious about the creation of literary works in whatever form, avoid this at your peril...
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quote!! A quote!! My kingdom for a quote!! 1 Jan 2006
By A Customer
This is the most amazing collection of quotations I have got my hands on. Look up quotes by keywords, by the authors or partial phrase if you only sort of know how it goes but want to read the whole quote.
Worth every penny and it will be a long time getting through it!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An essential reference, but... 5 April 2008
By Nicholas J. R. Dougan VINE VOICE
I would not be without this reference book, and enjoy an occasional "flick through" it to read the erudite, profound or witty sayings or writings of men and women from throughout history to the present day, not to mention some anonymous ones, advertising slogans and catchphrases. The first quoted may be Homer, from the 8th Century BC, although some verses from the bible are probably the oldest expressions listed.

I find it less successful when I am trying to identify who it was who first used an expression or saying, but this must inevitably be the case. While biased towards the English language - there are 50 pages of Shakespeare's alone - there are quotations from the whole world, and even in 850 pages or so (the index occupies another 300 pages) no one can realistically include more than a small proportion.

I do wonder, therefore, why the editors include the Latin as well as the English translations of those quotations that originated in that language, but not, generally, the French, German or other foreign langauges of others.

While Wikipedia and the internet is a valuable resource as well, this is not a book that you will ever regret buying.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quotesville 4 Aug 2008
By Bianca White VINE VOICE
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A wonderfully engrossing tome. Time zips by as you turn page after page of the witty, the profound and the historical soundbites uttered by the great, the good and the infamous. A book for both pastime and education.
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