The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

Hardback OXFORD DICTIONARY OF QUOTATIONS

Edited by Elizabeth Knowles

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 1168 pages
  • Dimensions: 172mm x 234mm x 64mm | 1,870g
  • Publication date: 9 December 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0198607202
  • ISBN 13: 9780198607205
  • Edition: 6, Revised
  • Edition statement: 6th Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 237,064

Product description

This is a major new edition of Oxford's largest and most comprehensive dictionary of quotations, bringing you the wisdom of the ages and the sound bites of today in 20,000+ quotations. The text is a browser's paradise, covering people and events from Cleopatra to J. K. Rowling, and the battle of Marathon to the Hutton Inquiry. The keyword index will help you to trace that half-remembered quote, and identifies the quotations that give us key phrases such as 'state of the Union' and 'dodgy dossier'. Special sections bring together categories such as Misquotations and Film lines. Traditional areas have been enriched and the best of the new added, and the Introduction tells the story of the nation's favourite quotations dictionary over 60 years. 'Come, and take choice of all my library.' William Shakespeare 'Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.' Michelangelo 'If business always made the right decisions, business wouldn't be business.' J. Paul Getty 'I was captured for life by chemistry and by crystals.' Dorothy Hodgkin 'Superhuman effort isn't worth a damn unless it achieves results.' Ernest Shackleton

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Author information

Elizabeth Knowles is Publishing Manager for Oxford Quotations Dictionaries and is a historical lexicographer, having previously worked on the 4th edition of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary.

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The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations remains a glorious treasure-house for browsers. TLS Invaluable...Truly good value Robert McCrum, Observer

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION; HOW TO USE THE DICTIONARY; QUOTATIONS; KEYWORD INDEX