on 28 January 2012
The dictionary contains more than 5000 quotations, with about a quarter of the book dedicated to thematic and keyword indexes, which makes finding quotations very easy.
When, for example, I wanted to find Winston Churchill's famous quotation from 1940 regarding Britain's determination to keep fighting, I was able to find it using the keyword index BEACH, after only remembering the phrase "...We shall fight on the beaches..."
The quotations themselves are ordered by alphabetical order of the authors.
Many of the quotations understandably appear on other compilations both from other publishers and from Oxford Press itself, such as the Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations. (not so hard when authors like Woody Allen, Matt Groening or W.C Fields are cited on both).
The quotations always include short synopsis of the author and or source/context of the quotation, which is excellent.
Two things that made me take off 1 star from the review are:
1. I found a bit weird and not in place the fact that sometimes titles of books/songs/complete poems where given as entries.
2. I found the font used a bit too small. be warned if you're short sighted.
Otherwise,I find great pleasure in opening it from time to time and like it says on the cover of the book: "I always have a quotation for everything - it saves original thinking"