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The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations
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The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations
Date: 14/02/01, updated on 14/02/01 (84 review reads)
Advantages: Like reading the introductions to Shakespeare's plays, appear brainy by skilful use of the index.
Disadvantages: Idle browsing can turn into actual knowledge.
Living in our house consists of skirting gingerly around piles of junk (miscellaneous) and trying to answer the eternal question - who put that potato peeler on the bathroom window ledge? More to the point - what did they use it for?
If a house is a machine for living in (1), mine was made on a Friday afternoon, just before the hooter sent everyone racing for the clock.
Wandering through the chaos, a rough and unordered mass (2) also known as the dining room I start to wonder if there is anything to religion.
I read the bible several times as a child and concluded at the age of nine that it was a blockbuster alright, but sex and violence were not really my bag.
If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name at a Swiss bank (3).
You too can appropriate the hard graft of others just like I did. All you need is the Oxford Dictionary Of Quotations.
There are over 20,000 quotations from 2,500 people, taken from speeches, plays, novels, diaries and films.
My favourite female of the early twentieth century, Mae West, is included, with some of her best lines:
"I used to be Snow White...but I drifted"
There are quotes from the Beatles (lyrics), authors, politicians, philosophers, actors, the Bible and the works of Shakespeare (by far the biggest section at 70 pages long).
Find a quotation by either looking up the source: people are listed alphabetically, or by looking in the Index.
The Index is by keyword. I found the Allen quotation in the Index under:
if only G. would give sign ALLEN 9:17
Not only quotations, but misquotations too, are listed. In the section Popular Misquotations (Things They Didn't Quite Say), are a selection of the most famous misquotations together with what they actually said or wrote:
"Play it again, Sam", popularly thought to have been sa
id by the often imitated and never bettered Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca was actually "If she can stand it, I can. Play it!"
"Beam me up, Scotty", attributed to William Shatner playing Captain Kirk, as if I needed to tell any of you, never actually appeared in Star Trek. The nearest equivalent was "Beam us up, Mr Scott".
I would highly recommend this book for reference and for those bibliophiles like me who like to leaf through a book out of idle curiosity.
(1) Le Corbusier, p.415, "Une maison est une machine-a-habiter" - A house is a machine for living in."
(2) Ovid, p.502, "Chaos, rudis indigestaque moles" - Chaos, a rough and unordered mass.
(3) Woody Allen, p.9, " If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name at a Swiss bank."
Like many of my reference books (apart from the Chambers dictionary fondled by my sweaty hands at least once a day) the Oxford Dictionary Of Quotations was bought by my Mother on one of her frequent and mercenary flirtations with book clubs. The price she paid for it was about £1.
The list price of the Oxford Dictionary Of Quotations is £25
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