on 5 June 2008
If like me you enjoy having a book of quotations at hand to trace the origins of a particular famous quote or look up new ones then you would be well advised to purchase this particular concise dictionary of quotations.
The quotations are ordered alphabetically starting with Dianne Abbot's "Being an M.P is the sort of job all working-class parents want for their children - clean, indoors and no heavy lifting" and ending with a quotation from the Zoroastrian scriptures "Truly there are two primal spirits, twins renowned to be in conflict. In thought and word, in act they are two: the better and the bad."
The two quotes I have just cited give an idea of the great sweep of quotes to be found in the book which range from the more jocular to the more serious, from the more modern to the more ancient and from a wide variety of sources. The compendious nature of the book is it's greatest asset.
For those who can remember actual quotes but can't remember who said them there is a helpful alphabetic index of themes near the back of the book. So, for example, if you wanted to know who said "money is like muck, not good except it be spread," you can go to the index, look it up under quotes relating to 'money' and see that you will find it in the selection of quotes attributed to Francis Bacon.At the end of the book is included a selection of famous catchphrases, advertising slogans, film lines, last words, misquotations and political slogans.