The one quotation dictionary you need buy, with over 17,000 quotations drawn from the Collins database and the Times archive of quotations. Includes over 17,000 quotations drawn from the Collins Quotation database, with a large selection from the high points of the Times Quotes of the Week
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Arranged thematically for ease of reference, and with a complete index of authors, this is the only quotation dictionary you will ever need. Ideal for home, study, or reference, this 800-page volume contains over 17,000 quotations drawn from the HarperCollins database as well as from the archives of "THE TIMES." This invaluable reference also includes lists of memorable play, song, and film titles--even advertising slogans. Ranging from Fame and Sports to Religion and Politics, it includes Socrates and Irvine Welsh on Consumerism, Casanova on Sex, and George S. Kaufman on Dorothy Parker. An ideal reference for anyone writing speeches, essays, or letters as well as for trivia, quiz, and crossword buffs.From Booklist:
Want to learn what American rapper Ice-T said about racism, Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini about smoking, and American actress Mae West and English novelist Henry Fielding about gossip? Looking for some pithy quotes on leadership or libraries? Consult these new thematic quotations dictionaries. The Oxford Dictionary of Thematic Quotations offers more than 7,000, and The Times Book of Quotations contains more than 17,000 quotations.
Of the two, the Oxford title is easier to use. Quotations are arranged under more than 600 themes, from Ability to Youth, and then alphabetically by author. Each quotation within a thematic grouping is assigned a number. An alphabetical listing of themes appears in the front, and an author index in the back. Listed under each person in the index are a brief biographical description and keywords identifying his or her quotes, along with a reference (theme and number) to each quotation's location. Within the dictionary, cross-references help tie together related themes. These are often both synonyms and antonyms, providing for interesting contrast; for instance, from Lies there are see also references to Deception, Propaganda, and Truth. Each entry for a quotation identifies the author or speaker; gives vital statistics such as profession, nationality, and birth and death dates; and notes the year and original source of the quote. Context is also sometimes provided.
Like Oxford, Times arranges quotations under more than 600 themes and then alphabetically by author. For each author there is a brief description (although this is missing from the first quote in the book, Gwendolyn Brooks on Abortion) and birth and death dates. For each quote the date of the original source is noted, and occasionally the context is explained. Quotations are not numbered. See also references, not as copious as Oxford's, are indicated by arrows. There is an alphabetical list of themes at the beginning of the volume, and an author index in the back. The index provides only author names with a sometimes very long string of page numbers, for example, nearly 70 page references for Ralph Waldo Emerson. This index is not as helpful as Oxford's, which identifies each author's quotes by keywords and themes.
Though there is some overlap between the two volumes, differences are considerable. Under the theme Love, Oxford has 58 quotations, while Times has more than 200. Only a handful of the quotes are the same (including one from Cher: "If grass can grow through cement, love can find you at every time in your life"). As might be expected with its greater numbers, Times also has a greater variety of authors, with quotes on love from Boethius, Marc Chagall, John Donne, Kahlil Gibran, Matt Groening, Franz Kafka, and Lily Tomlin, to name just a few. In Oxford a few of the themes are proper names: Ronald Reagan (one of the few Americans) along with Winston Churchill, James Joyce, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Margaret Thatcher, among others. Times includes more non-English-language sources and often gives non-English quotes in their original languages as well as in translation. Both dictionaries are quite British, with a wide assortment of British Isles personages and some British themes (the British sense of football, for example).
Their thematic approach makes these collections comparable to Random House Webster's Quotationary (1999), which offers more than 20,000 quotations and draws on many more U.S. sources. None of the volumes has a keyword index, making it difficult to find specific quotations. Both The Oxford Dictionary of Thematic Quotations and The Times Book of Quotations are recommended as supplemental purchases for libraries with large quotation collections. Mary Ellen Quinn
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Book Description Harpercollins Pub Ltd, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110007102968