The Yale Book of Quotations


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Fred R. Shapiro is associate librarian and lecturer in legal research at the Yale Law School. He is a well-known authority on quotations and the editor of The Oxford Dictionary of American Legal Quotations.


"Meticulously researched. . . . To find out who said what and when they did it, Shapiro spent six years poring over hundreds and hundreds of databases, using advanced Internet searches as well as using the more old-fashioned methods of going through microfilms, dusty bookshelves and reading the 1,000 or so other quotation books that are out there to find out the truth. . . . The result . . . is a quotations book with footnotes that are as fascinating to read as the quotes themselves."-Arthur Spiegelman, Washington Post Book World

"[A] hotly awaited tome."-William Safire, New York Times

The Yale Book of Quotations, handsomely printed, brings modern voices into the company of standbys like Shakespeare, Samuel Johnson and Mark Twain, who squeeze together and make room for B.B. King, Fran Lebowitz, and Stanislaw Jerzy Lec."-William Grimes, New York Times (The Gifts to Open Again and Again)

". . . good-humoured and richly sourced."-Godfrey Smith, The Sunday Times

"A handsome volume of twelve thousand quotations, some more famous than others-is Bartlett's and Oxford corrected, amplified, amended, modernized and generally spiffed up. Not only is the The Yale Book of Quotations a more profoundly researched work than anything else to date, it is more comprehensive than any other quotation-reference work-the first, in fact, to emphasize modern and American sources and fully to represent popular culture, children's literature, sports, computers, politics, law, and the social sciences."-Katie Hafner, BookForum

Named the #2 reference book that is essential for a home library by Donald Altschiller, Wall Street Journal

"This collection of 12,000 quotations is a real treat! The quotes range over literature, history, popular culture, sports, computers, science, politics, law, and the social sciences, and although American quotations are emphasized, the book's scope is global. The authors represented are as diverse as William Shakespeare, John Lennon, Jack Dempsey, both Presidents Bush, J.K. Rowling, Rita Mae Brown, Confucius, Warren Buffet, and Deng Xiaoping. . . . The scope and detail of research here is impressive, and the . . . typeface and layout make the work inviting. . . . Libraries will want to purchase a copy for reference and for circulation, even if they haven't been buying quotation books recently. Every library will want one for circulation because browsing it is such fun."-Library Journal

". . . meticulously researched . . ."-The Irish Times

". . . a worthy competitor to the Oxford and to Bartlett."-Nigel Rees, "Quote...Unquote"

Selected as a 2007 "Outstanding" book by AAUP University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries

Named a Best Book of 2006 by

Received Honorable Mention from the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers (PSP/AAP) in the category of single-volume reference, humanities and social sciences

Winner of the Bronze ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award in Reference

A finalist in the category of Nonfiction for the 2007 Connecticut Book Award, given by the Connecticut Center for the Book

"The Yale Book of Quotations, with Fred Shapiro's original research, will shock many of us out of our state of error."-William Safire, New York Times Magazine

"A splendid work of painstaking research and wide culture."-Joseph Epstein, from the Foreword

"A splendid work of painstaking research and wide culture."-Joseph Epstein, from the Foreword

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