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This article is from the Quotations FAQ, by Sir Hans dok@fwi.uva.nl Jason Newquist jrnewquist@ucdavis.edu with numerous contributions by others.

5.2 What Dictionaries of Quotations exist? DoQs p2

The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations (1st edition)
Published: 1993
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Editor: Robert Andrews
Scope: Subject-based quotations
Number of quotations: 18000
ISBN: 0-231-07194-9
Well. If there's any DoQ which can lay a claim on being a worthy
contender in the ``Big Two'' class, this is it. This DoQ claims to
have more than 11,000 quotations which ``have never before appeared in
a general quotation book'', which makes this one less of use for those
of us who wish to find the sources of particular quotations, but for
others, especially freaks who already have all the other DoQs and want
to see some new ones (go read a good book, dammit!), this makes it an
interesting purchase--if they're absolutely loaded, coz it ain't cheap.
[SH]

Concise Dictionary of Quotations
Published: 1992
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Editor: Anne Stibs and John Daintith
Scope: Subject-base and author-based quotations
Number of quotations: 6000
ISBN: 0-7475-1330-9
A nice diverse selection of quotations, with a bit more originality
than ordinarily found in second rank works. Okay index, and good
description of authors, but some quotations appear twice, both under
the name of the author and under a subject... cheap, cheap, cheap (I
don't know if they've been included in the total count twice, but am
rather inclined to think so.) [SH]

A Curmudgeon's Garden of Love
Published: 1989
Publisher: NAL Books
Editor: Jon Winokur
Scope: Cynical, mostly humorous, on love.
Number of quotations: 500 (?--it's a "very rough estimate)
Much like "The Portable Curmudgeon", but a bit more specialized.
No sources or anything, and some semi-humorous interviews and assorted
pieces. People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of
thing they like.[4] Oh, it's rather expensive too (I picked it up for
about $2, but the cover price is $16.95) [SH]

[4]

@A: Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) *
@Q: People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing
they like.
@R: in G. W. E. Russell "Collections and Recollections" (1898) ch. 30
@%: Judgement on a book.

A Dictionary of Contemporary Quotations
Published: 1982
Publisher: David & Charles
Editor: Jonathon Green
Scope: Post WW2, based on interestingness
Number of quotations: 7000
ISBN: 0-7153-8417-1
As Mr Green tells us in ``A note on sources'', he didn't think it
worth his while to spend too much time finding original citations, and
in many occasions none is present at all. The quotes themselves are
reasonably interesting, and there is much here you won't find somewhere
else. The only index is one of names. Oddly, Mr Green decided it
would be useful to place birth and death years of people in the index
only, and to give their occupation or claim to fame with each quotation
itself (incidentally, the giving of the latter is definitely a Good
Thing). Another disadvantage is the fact that it looks horrendously
ugly. Overal quality: not too high, but if you can pick it up cheap,
you won't go too far wrong. [SH]

 

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