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Very witty indeed
on 19 September 2008
I was pleasantly surprised by this little tome. I've read similar collections before (such as the Oxford Book of Humorous Quotations) but almost all the quotes here were new to me, and some of them were very funny indeed, or at least offered a little nugget of wisdom.
They're listed under a variety of chapter headings (such as Insults or England and the English) and the book itself is attractively presented. I particularly liked the inclusion of lots of modern comedians, such as Stephen Fry:
"I'm against animal testing. They just get nervous and give silly answers"
Or excerpts from Blackadder - I'd forgotten the series was so good. But these are set against bon mots from philosophers and Shakespeare. I particularly liked Betrand Russell's explanation why people like me routinely give misquoted quotations.
All in all this is a very British and very witty collection, just like it says on the cover.