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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations Hardcover – 10 Sep 2009

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  • Hardcover: 1184 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 7 edition (10 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199237174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199237173
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 6.6 x 18.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Magnificent volume. (Ferdinand Mount, Standpoint)

It is a book which can be explored pretty well indefinitely, and one which yields fresh satisfaction and surprises. (John Gross, Spectator)

About the Author

A historical lexicographer, having previously worked on the 4th edition of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, Elizabeth Knowles has had a long association with Oxford Quotations Dictionaries. As well as the 5th and 6th editions of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (1999, 2004), her editorial credits include the Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2nd edition, 2005), the Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations (3rd edition, 2007), What They Didn't Say: A Book of Misquotations (2006), and the Little Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs (2009).



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This seventh edition of the 'Oxford Dictionary Of Quotations' is a true collection of the 'who said that?'. Much more,it is readable in itself. The 'quotations' are extracted from poignant and often historically vital verses. Where else would we find Confucious, Plato, Lenin and Lennon, with Maurice Chevalier? The latter's answer to "How does it feel to be seventy two?", replied "Considering the alternative it's not too bad at all". There are numerous pearls of wisdom in this book. This is not in the least a feast for intellectuals. It is a companion to be a true reference and friend. There are many sections of authors, biblical characters, and more update personel. I do not subscribe to the criticism that the content is not modern. Wise words remain so whenever uttered or written. What is left to be said?
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I like this book. I use the quotes to introduce Dinner Toasts, Speeches in any Public Forum and when I write letters of criticism. I mean we all know the greats and the best wits (Wilde springs to mind for example), but I also like to use it to refer to quotes I always knew were on the tip of my tongue but in the process I come across more quotes and more and more for example I like the quote about the Court I have just read:

"Say to the court it glows
And shines like rotten wood;
Say to the church, it shows
What's good, and doth no good:
If church and court reply,
For thou must give the lie. "

Walter Ralegh (The Lie; 1608).

This is very very useful if you are in the nature of speaking in public either occasionally or more frequently. You won't be disappointed with its treasury of quotes and if you try using some of the more pertinent to the subject you are speaking or writing about it will grab the attention of the recipient and make them think (hence the utility).

It make a good present in any event.
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Mine was constantly being borrowed, so the recipient (and I) were both delighted that they were able to have a copy of their own - particuarly as it is a more recent edition than mine! Maybe I shall become the borrower now.
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I am really into this type of book and I cannot fault it. Very happy to add this to my small collection.Buy it.
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I bought one and was so delighted with it that I bought 3 more for Christmas presents - which were very well received. It is so easy to use and full of wisdom.
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The definitive work, you won't need more than this. Easy to find what you are looking for, which is not the case in other similar dictionaries.
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Which she loved and is constantly praising this version whenever we meet - to the put that I may have to get a copy for myself!
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Enjoy the pleasure of dipping in for a quote. Whatever the occasion, or just browsing you can find a quote to suit.
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