The Basics of Writing - Books of Quotations

Taking advantage of intriguing ideas expressed by others is one of the rewards of using quotations. Quotations can be used to add punch to your ideas, present counterarguments, or summarize a concept. Fortunately, we don't have to search hard and long to find good quotes. The editors of these books have done that work for us.

The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

An enjoyable and educational reference, this book offers well over 20,000 quotations from more than 3,000 authors. Oxford has restored material from past editions, such as proverbs, nursery rhymes, and sacred texts of world religions. The quotations are arranged alphabetically, by author, providing insight into the authors quoted. There is also a full thematic index, followed by a 283-page keyword index, plus special categories, such as advertising slogans, last words, film lines, misquotations, epitaphs, telegrams, and toasts.

 
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations : A Collection of Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs Traced to Their Sources in Ancient and Modern Literature

The completely revised 16th edition of the popular reference first published in 1855 presents more than 20,000 quotations, representing 2,550 authors, 340 of whom are new to Bartlett's. The quotations are arranged in chronological order, giving readers a vast panorama of the world, from ancient Egypt to the latest movie, from the inspirational and the beautiful to the sardonic and the humorous.

 
Quotable Quotes : Wit and Wisdom for All Occasions from America's Most Popular Magazine

A collection of words of wisdom, witticisms, and reflections, both humorous and profound, on a wide variety of subjects selected from one of the most popular features in Reader's Digest. Contains more than 2,500 quotations from hundreds of well-known people: writers, humorists, philosophers, politicians, athletes, and celebrities spanning centuries of human history and from every corner of the world. A wealth of inspiration for writers as well as general readers.

 
Phillips' Book of Great Thoughts & Funny Sayings : A Stupendous Collection of Quotes, Quips, Epigrams, Witticisms, and Humorous Comments for Personal Enjoyment and Ready Reference

From Bible quotes and Christian teachings to the words of renowned historical figures, this collection of more than 3,800 entries offers wit, wisdom, and an emphasis on practical living.

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