The Little Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

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Susan Ratcliffe
Oxford University Press, 1994 - Reference - 481 pages
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It is hard to imagine a more convenient reference than The Little Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. The first thematic quotations dictionary to be derived from Oxford's incomparable quotations files, it puts over 4,000 quotations on more than 250 topics at readers' fingertips. From Actors to Writing by way of America, Children, Cinema, Last Words, Lying, Marriage, Politicians, Sex and Taxes. It only takes a moment to find the perfect witticism, bon mot, or sage adage to suit any occasion. And it's portable--ideal for students, writers, or busy executives on the go.
A browser's delight, The Little Oxford Dictionary of Quotations ranges from the wisdom of the Bible, Shakespeare, and the great philosophers to the more modern meditations of Frank Zappa, Bill Clinton, and Germaine Greer. There is Joseph Wood Krutch's musing on the feline sensibility ("Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want"); Yogi Berra's immortal "The future ain't what it used to be"; and Alan Clark's rueful admission that "There are no true friends in politics. We are all sharks circling." The contributors cover the full spectrum of opinion, ranging politically from Ronald Reagan to Andrea Dworkin, John Major to Leon Trotsky. From literature to the law, music to the movies, readers will find an abundance of classic quotes and little known gems to enliven their speeches, conversation, reports and correspondence. And to make this volume even easier to use, a full index allows readers to search the text by author as well as theme.
Concise, convenient, authoritative, and affordable, The Little Oxford Dictionary of Quotations allows readers to keep a travelling data base of entertainment and information right in their own pockets. Published in the same compact format as the ever-popular The Little Oxford Dictionary, it's as handy as it is indispensable--the perfect reference for home, school, and office.

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About the Editor:
Susan Radcliffe was assistant editor on The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, Fourth Edition (1992) and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (1993).

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