Containing the witty one-liners of comedians, the pronouncements of politicians, references from films, literature, song lyrics, Sun headlines and even the occasional piece of graffiti, this dictionary brings together 8,000 of the pithiest and most provocative quotations from 1914 to the present.
There are fascinating biographical sketches of everyone quoted, citing their views on themselves ("I play John Wayne in every picture regardless of the character") and the often caustic remarks of others ("The affair between Margot Asquith and Margot Asquith will live as one of the prettiest love stories in all literature"), to help put the quotation in context. In addition, there are illuminating insights into individual remarks and sayings, clarifying who said what, why they said it and how they often wished they hadn't (how Andy Warhol came to regret his "famous for fifteen" remark).
Both an essential companion to the modern age and an entertaining and useful reference tool, it offers constant food for thought.
- Publication Date:
- 02 / 11 / 2001