Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

Hardcover | September 22, 2014

EditorElizabeth Knowles

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The first edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations was published in 1941 and for over 70 years this bestselling book has remained unrivalled in its coverage of quotations past and present. The eighth edition is a vast treasury of wit and wisdom spanning the centuries and providing theultimate answer to the question, "Who said that?" Find that half-remembered line in a browser's paradise of over 20,000 quotations, comprehensively indexed for ready reference. Lord Byron may have taken the view: "I think it great affectation not to quote oneself", but for the less self-centred theOxford Dictionary of Quotations provides a quote for every occasion from the greatest minds of history and from undistinguished characters known only for one happy line.Drawing on Oxford's unrivalled dictionary research programme and unique language monitoring, over 700 new quotations have been added to this eighth edition from authors ranging from St Joan of Arc and Coco Chanel to Albrecht Durer and Thomas Jefferson. New sayings from across the ages include "Itwould not be better if things happened to men just as they wish" (the classical writer Heraclitus), "Fight on, and God will give the Victory" (the suffragette Emily Wilding Davison), and "The future is already here - it's just not evenly distributed" (the writer William Gibson).

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The first edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations was published in 1941 and for over 70 years this bestselling book has remained unrivalled in its coverage of quotations past and present. The eighth edition is a vast treasury of wit and wisdom spanning the centuries and providing theultimate answer to the question, "Who said tha...

Elizabeth Knowles is a historical lexicographer who worked on the 4th edition of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary (1993) and was Editor of the 5th, 6th, and 7th editions of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (1999, 2004, 2009). Her other editorial credits include the Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations (3rd edition, 2007), Wha...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:1168 pagesPublished:September 22, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199668701

ISBN - 13:9780199668700

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Introduction to the eighth editionHistory of the DictionaryIntroduction to the first editionHow to use this workQuotationsIndex

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"It is a book which can be explored pretty well indefinitely, and one which yields fresh satisfaction and surprises." --John Gross, Spectator 17/10/2009