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It is a mark of many famous people that they cannot part with their finest hour.
--Lillian Hellman

A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring: There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, And drinking largely sobers us again.
--Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism

We are unable to announce the weather. We depend on weather reports from the airport, which is closed, due to weather. Whether we will be able to give you a weather report tomorrow will depend on the weather.
-- report in the Arab News

In such business
Action is eloquence, and the eyes of the ignorant
More learned than ears.
-- William Shakespeare, Coriolanus

Managers who are skilled communicators may also be good at covering up real problems.
-- Chris Argyris, Harvard Business Review

A flute without holes, is not a flute. A donut without a hole, is a Danish.
-- Chevy Chase as Ty Webb in Caddyshack

The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.
-- Hannah Arendt

Bang, boom, pow! he hissed.
-- Leo Rosten

The advertisement is the most truthful part of a newspaper.
-- Thomas Jefferson

The Fine Print


This site was created and designed by Steve Spanoudis, with sincere thanks for the content provided by:

  • George Osner, Jeff Shepherd, Todd McMasters, Nancy Gill, Dave Wright, Kevin Harris, Bill Gascoyne, Christine Hill, Frank Baer, Adam Joshua Smargon and other contributors to alt.quotations in the mid 1990's
  • Bob Blair, Nelson Miller, John Lachelt, and other contributors for the poetry collection
  • The Quotations Digest listserver in the mid-90's
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  • Katie O'Briant for co-authoring the Quote-a-Day calendar
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    ...and lastly....
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Partial Bibliography

This is so out of date it is pitiful. Really. I'll work on it one of these days.


    - # -

  • 3,500 Good Quotes for Speakers, by Gerald F. Lieberman (Doubleday, 1983) ISBN 0-385-17766-6
  • - A -

    - B -

  • The Book of Positive Quotations, by John Cook (Rubicon Press, 1993) ISBN 1-57749-053-3
  • - C -

  • Childhood, by Bill Cosby
  • The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, (Crown Publishers, 1975) ISBN 0-517-163020
  • - D -

  • A Dictionary of Quotations, by Colonel Philip Hugh Dalbiac (Thomas Nelson and Sons, Ltd., ND)
  • - E -

    - F -

  • Familiar Quotations, by John Bartlett, Centenniel Edition (Little, Brown, & Co., 1955) LCC 55-10767
  • A First Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, by E.D. Hirsch, Jr. (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1989)
  • - G -

  • Good Advice, by William Saffire and Leonard Safir
  • The Great Quotations, by George Seldes (Castle Books, 1977) LCC 58-10231
  • Great Quotes by Great Leaders, by Peggy Anderson, (Great Quotations, Inc., 1990) ISBN 0-931089-79-5
  • - H -

  • The Harper Book of Quotations, by Robert I. Fitzhenry, (HarperCollins, 1993) ISBN 0-06-273213-7
  • Hodge Podge, A Commonplace Book, by J Bryan III, (Atheneum, 1986) ISBN 0-689-11798-1
  • - I -

  • In The Beginning, by Hans Bauer. (Chronicle Books, 1991)
  • - J -

    - K -

    - L -

  • The Last Word, by Carolyn Warner (Prentice Hall, 1992) ISBN 0-13-517715-4 (An excellent book)
  • Library of World Poetry, by William Cullen Bryant (J.B.Ford & Co., 1970) LCC 76-52805
  • The Little Giant Encyclopedia of Toasts and Quotes Jane Johnson, Richard Hummerstone, and Bruce Robertson (Sterling Publishing, 1998) ISBN 0-8069-6337-9
  • - M -

    - N -

  • The New Beacon Book of Quotations by Women, by Rosalie Maggio, (Beacon Press 1995) ISBN 0-8070-6783-0
  • - O -

  • The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, Third Edition (Oxford University Press, 1980)
  • Oxford Concise Dictionary of Quotations, Revised Edition, Edited by Angela Partington, (Oxford University Press, 1997) ISBN 0-19-280070-1
  • - P -

  • The Portable Curmudgeon Redux, by Jon Winokur (Penguin Books, 1992) ISBN 0-525-93489-8
  • - Q -

  • Quotationary, Leonard Roy Frank, Editor (Random House, 2001)
  • - R -

  • The Return of H*Y*M*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N, by Leo Rosten, alias Leonard Q. Ross, (Harper & Row, 1959)
  • Rome Wasn't Burned in a Day, The Mischief of Language, by Leo Rosten, (Doubleday & Company, 1972)
  • - S -

    - T -

  • Talking Drums, by Anita Doreen Diggs
  • - U -

    - V -

  • The Viking Book of Aphorisms, by W.H. Auden and Louis Kronenberger (Viking Press, 1962)
  • - W -

  • Webster's New Biographical Dictionary, editd by Robert McHenry (Merriam-Webster, Inc., 1988) ISBN 0-87779-543-6
  • Webster's New World Dictionary of Quotations, editd by Auriel Douglas and Michael Stumpf (Macmillan, 1998) ISBN 0-02-862156-5
  • Words of Wisdom to Live By, by Alfred Armand Montapert (Books of Value, 1986) ISBN 0-9603174-5-7
  • Words to Make My Dream Children Live, A Book of African American Quotations, Edited by Deirdre Mullane, (Doubleday, 1995) ISBN 0-385-42244-X
  • - XYZ -

Newspapers and Magazines:

  • BBC World Service - Online Edition
  • Life Magazine
  • Time Magazine
  • Newsweek
  • New York Times - Online Edition
  • Reader's Digest
  • Slate Magazine
  • US News and World Report
  • Washington Post - Online Edition


  • All Things Considered (NPR)
  • Day to Day with Alex Chadwick (NPR)
  • The Diane Rehm Show (NPR)
  • Fresh Air (Terry Gross, APR)
  • Morning Edition (NPR)
  • The National Press Club (NPR)
  • News and Notes (formerly The Tavis Smiley Show) (NPR)
  • Writer's Almanac (Garrison Keillor, APR)
  • Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me (NPR)


  • Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher (Once Upon a time)
  • The Letterman Show
  • Jeopardy
  • Boxing coverage on TV(or any other forum where George Foreman gets a chance to speak)
  • PBS in General
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