Uncle Anthony's Unabridged Analogies, Third Edition: Quotes, Proverbs, Blessings & Toasts for Lawyers, Lecturers & Laypeople

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Uncle Anthony's Unabridged Analogies offers an easy to use, invaluable, and unique collection of tens of thousands of currently applicable, topically-organized quotations, proverbs, toasts, and sayings drawn from a wide range of well-known and time-honored sources such as the Bible, Shakespeare, Lincoln, Churchill, Will Rogers, Mark Twain, US Presidents, and hundreds more, as well as some lesser-known but equally insightful observers of life and the individual and collective challenges, frailties, and strengths we all encounter every day.

The author's fascination with collecting quotations began in high school and continued through college and law school; over the past 40 years his high school index box has become a foot locker or treasure chest filled with quotes he has found useful for writing or speaking on any topic to any group.

Since ancient Egypt every civilization has collected proverbs. In the English language, The Proverbs of Alfred, (1150-80), is one of the earliest known collections of proverbs. In North America, Poor Richard's Almanack (1732-57) by Benjamin Franklin is probably the most celebrated collection of proverbs.

Proverbs often contradict one another. The wisdom that advises us to look before we leap also warns us that if we hesitate all is lost; that absence makes the heart grow fonder, but out of sight, out of mind. So what can we learn from that? Simply two things: First, life is full of contradictions, and proverbs and maxims reflect and express these disagreements while illustrating that many apothegms are more witty than true; and second, you should have one more resource next to your dictionary and thesaurus wherein you can quickly find a striking quote to support the meaning of your words or make a memorable toast.

All of us, not just trial lawyers and lecturers, recite famous quotes and proverbs to better express ourselves. Proverbs are the "Gospel of the Poor." Folk sayings are the college of the masses. More important: Proverbs are what a people - any people - believe, cherish, and teach their young. They are those harvested crops of knowledge and experience with which the dead dower each generation of the living. Shakespeare has a phrase that runs: "We patch grief with proverbs." The author has tried to do more than that. He has patched his ignorance and verbal impotence with them. These collected proverbs will help you to lay reason bare, strip all arguments of fat, and clarify complexity beyond its mere interpretation or definition.

The author views proverbs as a precious distillation of what many great and wise men have learned from centuries of experience. Aristotle considered apothegms the product of intellectual maturity and, recognizing their enormous power, declared it "unbecoming" for the young to utter maxims!

This Third Edition includes biographies for every author/source to give the reader context for each quote. A new section on movies about lawyers has also been added to this volume, as well as more toasts, blessings, and quotes throughout the book.

As the author's Uncle Anthony used to say, echoing the sentiments of Peter Anderson, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Roux: "Quotations found in books of that stuff are like bullpens for people - when you find yourself in a jam you can go to your best quote like a good relief pitcher."

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About the Author:

Thomas J. Vesper is a senior partner in the Atlantic City, NJ law firm of Westmoreland, Vesper & Quattrone PC, concentrating his practice in serious personal injury and wrongful death cases. Other litigation specialties and jury trial experience include: professional negligence, premises liability, negligent security, auto negligence, consumer fraud, and complex litigation. He is credited with helping change the New Jersey law and practice of wrongful death damages, as well as helping to change the rights of fire, police, and emergency personnel if they are killed or seriously injured on the job to help their families recover fair damages and justice.

He is a certified civil trial attorney admitted to the New Jersey Bar and is certified as a civil trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and the New Jersey Supreme Court. He received his bachelor of arts degree, cum laude, from Villanova University and his juris doctor from Rutgers University School of Law, where he was a writer and member of the Rutgers-Camden Law Review. He also served in the US Marine Corps Reserve for twenty-three years.

Mr. Vesper is the author of over 250 articles and several dozen books or chapters. Most recently he authored his book of quotations, Uncle Anthony's Unabridged Analogies, 3rd (2012), as well as the AAJ Trial Notebook, 6th (2012) and the AAJ Deposition Notebook, 4th (2012). He writes and teaches on wrongful death, products liability, truck/bus accident reconstruction, discovery, case evaluation, settlement, trial techniques, and trial and deposition notebooks.

He is the past president of New Jersey's Association of Trial Lawyers, fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and founder of the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice. He is also founder, past president, and former executive director of the Academy of Catastrophic Injury Attorneys, as well as founder and current executive director of the Aletheia Institute. He was selected by his peers and listed in The Best Lawyers in America as well as Best Personal Injury Lawyers in New Jersey.

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