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The most brilliant thoughts of all time : in two lines or less
Shanahan, John.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Cliff Street Books, [1999]

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324 pages ; 19 cm + 1 computer laser optical disk (4 3/4 in.).
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You don't have to be a genius to sound like one. Here's a collection of the most profound and provocative wit and wisdom in the English language in two lines or less. Edited by entrepreneur John M. Shanahan, who created the wildly successful Hooked on Phonics program, this wonderful book presents the best that has been thought and said on every imaginable topic.

Classified by such themes as "Truth, Lies, and Deception," "Men, Women, and Relationships," and "Passions, Virtues, and Vices," these quotes contain timeless messages for all humankind. Oscar Wilde: "A man who marries his mistress leaves a vacancy in that position." Charles de Gaulle: "The cemetery is filled with indispensable men." Abraham Lincoln: "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." Sophocles: "Men of ill judgment oft ignore the good that lies within their hands, till they have lost it."

Perfect for anyone who has ever been left speechless, this book will make you as glib as Oscar Wilde, as profound as Winston Churchill, and as wise as Aesop. Inspirational, entertaining, and thought-provoking, this is one collection that no library or bookshelf should be without.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
1. The Human Conditionp. 1
2. Success, Fortune, Failure, and Misfortunep. 66
3. Truth, Lies, and Deceptionp. 78
4. Talk, Talk, Talkp. 94
5. Passions, Virtues, and Vicesp. 117
6. It's Only in Your Mindp. 134
7. Men, Women, and Relationshipsp. 162
8. Religion, Nature, and Godp. 181
9. Life's Passagesp. 190
10. Human Foiblesp. 211
11. Pursuits--Artistic and Otherwisep. 231
12. History and Governmentp. 267
13. Stuff to Think Aboutp. 278
Sourcesp. 291