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on 7 February 2009
Resistance is futile. Or is it? Because that quote is not in this dictionary of quotes. In fact, there's a distinct lacking in modern quotations. There are alot of quotes in this book, don't get me wrong, and I understand that one day I might want to know Robert South who died in 1716 said "An Aristotle was but the rubbish of an Adam, and Athens but the rudiments of Paradise" but I'm wondering why the 20th and 21st centuries are so ignored.
Perhaps ignored is too strong a word. Perhaps the people that put together this book just don't think much of these people, the people that we, in real life, actually hear and actually quote. There are quotes from a thousand old poems, but few quotes from our soulful songwriters.
I've been left wanting. But, the good bits of this book is that the odd quote you vaguely know might just be in here, and the reference by keyword at the back is thoughtfully done. It has Shakespeare, Dr King, Dickens, Swift and alot of proverbs. I never knew that "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" was a mid 17th century quote, just thought it was Stephen King (who only has one quote in here).
It's nice to flick through, but it'll never beat a search engine on the internet if your looking for specifics. If you're looking for inspiration, then you'll probably be just fine with this.