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Random House Webster's quotationary
Frank, Leonard Roy.
First edition.
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New York : Random House, [1999]

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xiii, 1039 pages ; 25 cm
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Organizes by subject over twenty thousand quotations ranging from familiar sayings and poetry to the comments of current political and literary figures.

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Booklist Review

The 20,000 quotations in this volume are arranged by subject, from ability to Zen, and then alphabetically by author. The editor says he has included "the most interesting, well-phrased thoughts and observations." The quotations include factual statements, song lyrics, slogans, titles, and phrases. The time frame and authors are comprehensive, from Justinian I: "The precepts of the law are these: to live honestly, to injure no one. . ."; to Bill Clinton: "Character is a journey, not a destination." The great variety of other authors includes Larry Bird, George Booth, Henry Clay, James Fenimore Cooper, Olympia Dukakis, David Letterman, Madonna, Montaigne, Napoleon, Norman Rockwell, and Frances Trollope. The citations that accompany the quotations are quite complete: page number; section or line for books, plays, and poems; but unfortunately only the date for newspaper and magazine quotations. A unique feature of the book is the extensive cross-referencing. Under the category headings are see also references to related categories or quotations, and under many individual quotations are see references to other quotations that are similar in content or form. Following the quotations are an index by author or source and an index of the subject categories. Up to this point, Quotationary looks as if it could be competition for Bartlett's famous Familiar Quotations [RBB N 1 92], now in its sixteenth edition. However, Quotationary is missing a vital part--a keyword index. The importance of a keyword index is illustrated by its length in Bartlett's, which is more than 600 pages. Without this type of index it is doubtful that the quotation "The opera ain't over till the fat lady sings" would be found in Quotationary unless the source (sports broadcaster Dan Cook) is known, because it is under the category optimism: examples. Likewise, who would think to look under voting for the quote from an anonymous source, "When I die I want to be buried in Chicago so I can still be active in politics" (except perhaps a Chicagoan)? Bartlett's and The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations [fourth ed., RBB D 1 92] are arranged by author. Because both have keyword indexes, they are better tools for finding a specific quotation. Its category arrangement makes Quotationary an excellent tool for browsing for quotations by subject. Recommended for high-school, public, and academic libraries as a complement to standard sources.

Choice Review

The Quotationary is quite similar to the numerous other general quotation books currently available. The editor's intentions are not unique, and he makes no claim that this work is significantly different from similar works or that it fills any particular gap in the literature. Books in Print lists more than 600 quotation titles, many of them recent. Consequently, this quotation book is somewhat redundant and marginally useful. No doubt some quotations are unique to this title, but the same could be said of most other works similar in scope. Quotations are arranged alphabetically by subject, and there are thorough author/source and subject indexes. The book is well organized and easy to use. For large academic or public libraries that already own extensive quotation collections, this title would be marginal, but it is a very current, general source and would have value (like its 600 fellows) for any library needing an up-to-date quotation book. A. J. Dedrick; University of Colorado at Denver



Ted Turner on perfection: If I only had a little humility, I would be perfect. R. Buckminster Fuller on technology: How do we know that the people we meet are not computers programmed to simulate people? Louis A. Safian on money: There are more important things than money--the only trouble is they all cost money. Emily Dickinson on love: That Love is all there is, Is all we know of Love. Casey Stengel on time: There's a time in every man's life and I've had plenty of them. Charlotte Whitton on women: Whatever women do, they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult. Excerpted from Random House Webster's Quotationary by Leonard Roy Frank All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.