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The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations Hardcover – 9 Sep 2004

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  • Hardcover: 1168 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 6 edition (9 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198607202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198607205
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 6.6 x 18.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 316,501 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)

About the Author

Elizabeth Knowles is Publishing Manager for Oxford Quotations Dictionaries and is a historical lexicographer, having previously worked on the 4th edition of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary.

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Brian Levine on 29 July 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Jan. 2006
Format: Hardcover
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 By Nicholas J. R. Dougan TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 April 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
Earlier editions, having less of the ephemeral, are of more intrinsic historical interest, but this one does have *fortyfour* misquotations, up from thirty squeezed in as an afterthought at the back of the revised 4th (1996). They should have included 'What's good for General Motors..', with a cross reference to Defence Secretary Charles E Wilson, and the persistent, protean, pseudo-Chestertonian 'When man ceases to believe in God he does not believe in nothing; he believes in anything'. GK wrote in The Oracle of the Dog, 'It's the first effect of not believing in God that you lose your common sense', which Emile Cammaerts paraphrased amongst other Father Brown quotes (The Laughing Prophet, 1937) as follows '"It's drowning all your old rationalism and scepticism, it's coming in like a sea; and the name of it is superstition." The first effect of not believing in God is to believe in anything: "And a dog is an omen and a cat is a mystery" (The Laughing Prophet, 1937, p211 - note that the relevant passage is *not* a direct quotation!!) which gave it legs at a time hungry for certainties. Darwinism in action! Eleven classic cartoon captions are also included - surely the way forward for quotation dictionaries PG (post Google)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bianca White VINE VOICE on 4 Aug. 2008
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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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By jake on 28 Nov. 2013
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It hasn't let me down yet when looking for infomation via the Listener, EV, Inquisitor crossword.
Worth every penny!

Very happy!
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