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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 p5

The Portable Curmudgeon
Published: 1987
Publisher: NAL Penguin Inc. (US), New American Library of Canada
Ltd (CA)
Editor: Jon Winokur
Scope: Cynical, mostly humorous.
These are ``outrageously irreverent'' quotations from people the
author considers Curmudgeons (Cynical, irascible, cantankerous). It is
organized by subject, with additional sections devoted to
frequently-contributing curmudgeons (W.C. Fields, Dorothy Parker, Fran
Lebowitz, and Groucho Marx to name a few). No index. A book intended
to be read cover-to-cover. [MM]

Respectfully Quoted
Published: 1993
Publisher: Barnes & Nobles
Editor: Suzy Platt
Scope: Mainly political
Number of quotations: 2100
ISBN: 0-88029-768-9
This DoQ contains quotes that have been inquired upon at one time
or another by Members of Congress and their staff, and have been very
solidly researched (mostly) by Congressional Research Service of the
Library of Congress. For this reason, it claims to be more useful than
other DoQs; in my opinion this is only the case if you're a Member of
Congress yourself--many quotes are rather specific. It also contains
somewhat longer pieces (it's the only DoQ with the complete
``Desiderata'' (see below) that I know of), and not infrequently even
longer explanations of the history of certain quotations. If you're
really, really serious about your quotations, you should have this
one. [SH]

This list is by no means comprehensive, but we'd like it to be. If
you have any books of quotations (any subject or theme), please send me
the following information so that it can be added to this list:

* Full Title
* Publication date (original printing and most recent, if possible)
* Publisher (and distributor)
* Editor(s) or Author(s)
* Scope (theme: i.e. Humorous, Military, Feminist, etc.)
* Number of quotations
* Library of Congress and/or ISBN numbers if available
* A brief review

If you disagree with one of the reviews, or simply think you can do
better, you may want to write a short piece yourself and mail it to me,
and I will add it as well (after all, even "we" are not entirely
perfect.)

 

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