Ifferisms
17%
off

Ifferisms : An Anthology of Aphorisms That Begin with the Word "IF"

3.98 (94 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days
When will my order arrive?

Description

Culled from the author's extensive collection of witticisms and pithy sayings, this hoard of wisdom from writers, philosophers, politicians, actors, and others demonstrates the power of the question 'What if?' to alter the way we think about our world, using these possibilities to bolster an argument or drive home a point. With ifferisms on topics ranging from gender relations to the human condition itself, this informative gem is sure to have readers and linguaphiles dispensing ageless advice and intriguing anecdotes to family and friends. Some classic ifferisms include: If it ain't broke, don't fix it; If anything can go wrong, it will; If life hands you lemons, make lemonade; If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten; and, If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. And, most importantly...'If a book is worth reading, it is worth buying' - John Ruskin.
show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 147.32 x 182.88 x 25.4mm | 362.87g
  • Collins Reference
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0061672300
  • 9780061672309
  • 374,712

Back cover copy

If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.

If you do not tell the truth about yourself, you cannot tell it about other people.

If you can't be kind, at least be vague.

An aphorism is a pithy observation that attempts to communicate a truth about the human experience, often with a dash of wit. History's greatest thinkers and writers have viewed the aphorism as a potent tool, and it is remarkable how many of their most memorable observations have been introduced with the biggest little word in the human language: If. These ifferisms, as they have been dubbed by quotation anthologist Dr. Mardy Grothe, demonstrate the powerful role that hypothetical and conditional thinking play in our lives.

This novel compendium of wisdom, wit, and wordplay presents nearly two thousand quotations that all begin with the word if. Alongside history's most famous sayings, readers will find--and often learn the fascinating story behind--such modern classics as "If you build it, they will come" and "If anything can go wrong, it will." In chapters on sex, love, sports, politics, advice, gender dynamics, and more, quotation lovers will savor scintillating observations from the usual suspects--Twain, Wilde, Shaw, Emerson, and Franklin--as well as scores of contemporary wits and wordsmiths.
show more

About Mardy Grothe

Dr. Mardy Grothe is a retired psychologist, management consultant, and platform speaker, author of six "word and language" books, and creator of Dr. Mardy's Dictionary of Metaphorical Quotations, the world's largest online database of metaphorical quotations. Dr. Mardy-as he is known to his many fans around the globe-is one of America's most beloved quotation anthologists.
show more

Rating details

94 ratings
3.98 out of 5 stars
5 32% (30)
4 43% (40)
3 19% (18)
2 5% (5)
1 1% (1)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X