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4.0 out of 5 stars "The only difference between a Rut and a Grave are their dimensions." Ellen Glasgow
A little less worthy than the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, this 550 page directory is listed alphabetically, by category: ability, death, fate, youth, Zen, etc. It achieves a good balance of humo(u)r from both sides of the Atlantic, as befits an author who splits her time between the UK and the US. The most prolific contributors are Woody Allen, Ralph Waldo...
Published on 31 Dec. 2008 by Nicholas J. R. Dougan

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3.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a present but arrived late!
I bought this as a present and needed it to arrive sooner rather than later as I was going on holiday which is why I paid extra for a quick delivery. Much to my disappointment it arrived 2 days AFTER I went on holiday which I wasn't very happy about.

Other than that, the guy I bought it for seems to really like it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "The only difference between a Rut and a Grave are their dimensions." Ellen Glasgow, 31 Dec. 2008
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Nicholas J. R. Dougan "Nick Dougan" (Kent, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: A Word From the Wise: All the witty wisdom you'll ever need in one lifetime from those who've already been there (Paperback)
A little less worthy than the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, this 550 page directory is listed alphabetically, by category: ability, death, fate, youth, Zen, etc. It achieves a good balance of humo(u)r from both sides of the Atlantic, as befits an author who splits her time between the UK and the US. The most prolific contributors are Woody Allen, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Stanislaw J. Lec, H. L. Mencken, George Bernard Shaw, Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde and, of course, The Simpsons. Shakespeare and the Bible hardly got a look in!

Ellen Glasgow was an American novelist; Wikipedia is a very useful accompaniment to this book, as it provides no clues as to who the people quoted are. Her contribution is a thought provoking one for the turn of the year, I thought. Or perhaps I prefer Spike Milligan: "There is a time to live, a time to die, a time to laugh, and at no time are the three of them very far apart."
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5.0 out of 5 stars UNIVERSAL WISDOM, 15 April 2013
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This review is from: A Word From the Wise: All the witty wisdom you'll ever need in one lifetime from those who've already been there (Paperback)
This substantial work by that excellent anthologist of wit and wisdom, Rosemarie Jarski, has gathered together hundreds of perceived pearls of wisdom covering many different subjects, all indexed alphabetically.

The trouble with wisdom is that you do not get it until after you need it, and reading this book does not pre-arm us against going off the rails but it does at least allow us to laugh, in retrospect at our failings. In any event as in real life there are sagacious philosophers, professors, lateral thinkers, poets, writers, humourists and the like who are more than eager to bestow humanity with their pearls of wisdom on just about any subject, and in contradictory terms. Thus on almost every subject the reader is hit with a multi-directional tsunami of advice, guidance and warning. Naturally, most of us it is anticipated will tend to favour those sayings that more closely track one's own experiences of life.

Like most of this compiler's books, 'A Word From The Wise' is best read and enjoyed in small bites, thus making it an ideal adjunct for the smallest room in the house where it will conveniently provide entertainment for many sittings.

And remember the quoted Welsh Proverb that goes, "Three things it is best to avoid: a strange dog, a flood, and a man who thinks he is wise."
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a present but arrived late!, 12 Oct. 2011
This review is from: A Word From the Wise: All the witty wisdom you'll ever need in one lifetime from those who've already been there (Paperback)
I bought this as a present and needed it to arrive sooner rather than later as I was going on holiday which is why I paid extra for a quick delivery. Much to my disappointment it arrived 2 days AFTER I went on holiday which I wasn't very happy about.

Other than that, the guy I bought it for seems to really like it.
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