Familiar Quotations

Familiar Quotations : A Collection of Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs Traced to Their Sources in Ancient and Modern Literature (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from Familiar Quotations: A Collection of Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs Traced to Their Sources in Ancient and Modern Literature The small thin volume, the first to bear the title of this collection, after passing through eight editions, each enlarged, now culminates in its ninth, and with it, closes its tentative life. This extract from the Preface of the fourth edition is applicable to the present one: It is not easy to determine in all cases the degree of familiarity that may belong to phrases and sentences which present themselves for admission; for what is familiar to one class of readers may be quite new to another. Many maxims of the most famous writers of our language, and numberless curious and happy turns from orators and poets, have knocked at the door, and it was hard to deny them. But to admit these simply on their own merits, without assurance that the general reader would readily recognize them as old friends, was aside from the purpose of this collection. Still, it has been thought better to incur the risk of erring on the side of fulness. With the many additions to the English writers, the present edition contains selections from the French, and from the wit and wisdom of the ancients. A few pas sages have been admitted Without a claim to familiarity, but solely on the ground of coincidence of thought. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.show more

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  • Paperback | 1182 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 59mm | 1,542g
  • Forgotten Books
  • English
  • 43 Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0243227019
  • 9780243227013