The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations (Oxford Paperback Reference)

Elizabeth Knowles

The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations (Oxford Paperback Reference)

This updated collection offers a vivid picture of the world in the 21st century, against a backdrop of the landmark events leading up to it. From Catherine Tate and The Simpsons to Mother Teresa and Winston Churchill, Modern Quotations charts the ebbs and flows of popular culture as well as marking the key voices and watersheds for our time. An authoritative look-up reference, and an enjoyable source for browsing: the perfect gift. New quotations include: 'You tried your best, and you failed miserably. The lesson is, never try.' [Homer Simpson] Matt Groening 'I ain't a communist necessarily, but I been in the red all my life.' Woody Guthrie 'I don't eat anything with a face.' Linda McCartney 'Never stop because you are afraid -- you are never so likely to be wrong.' Fridtjof Nansen 'I watch where the cosmetics industry is going and then walk in the opposite direction.' Anita Roddick 'I wish I had invented blue jeans.' Yves Saint Laurent 'Fame vaporizes, money goes with the wind, and all that's left is character.' O. J. Simpson 4.0 out of 5 based on 2 reviews
The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations (Oxford Paperback Reference)

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Classification Non-fiction
Genre Reference
Format Paperback
Pages 496
RRP £9.99
Date of Publication August 2008
ISBN 978-0199547463
Publisher OUP
 

This updated collection offers a vivid picture of the world in the 21st century, against a backdrop of the landmark events leading up to it. From Catherine Tate and The Simpsons to Mother Teresa and Winston Churchill, Modern Quotations charts the ebbs and flows of popular culture as well as marking the key voices and watersheds for our time. An authoritative look-up reference, and an enjoyable source for browsing: the perfect gift. New quotations include: 'You tried your best, and you failed miserably. The lesson is, never try.' [Homer Simpson] Matt Groening 'I ain't a communist necessarily, but I been in the red all my life.' Woody Guthrie 'I don't eat anything with a face.' Linda McCartney 'Never stop because you are afraid -- you are never so likely to be wrong.' Fridtjof Nansen 'I watch where the cosmetics industry is going and then walk in the opposite direction.' Anita Roddick 'I wish I had invented blue jeans.' Yves Saint Laurent 'Fame vaporizes, money goes with the wind, and all that's left is character.' O. J. Simpson

Third edition.

Reviews

The Evening Standard

Luke Leitch

The updated edition, which will be published at the end of this month, offers significant new comments about the "war on terrorism", madness, marriage and politics... Nobody is asked whether they want to be included in the dictionary. Elizabeth Knowles, managing editor of Oxford's Quotations and Language reference department, said: "While a lot of what is included is fun and entertaining, it isn't trivial. "Many of the comments reflect generally-felt concerns." Perhaps the funniest quotes are there because they are just so obvious. These include the words of Ian Duncan Smith, who said: "I'm not trying to make people say 'Wow!'"

02/09/2002

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The Independent

Christopher Hirst

The latest arrivals in this third edition include Pamela Anderson on her specialist subject: being blonde ("When you can form a full sentence, you're a genius"), Joan Baez on Bob Dylan ("His songs were brilliant. He always had a rainbow pen") and the American comedian Bill Maher ("Suicide is our way of telling God: 'You can't fire me. I quit'"). They join such long-standing guests as Yves St Laurent ("I don't really like knees") and Hermione Gingold ("Contrary to popular belief, English women do not wear tweed nightgowns"). A swell party.

17/10/2008

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