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A Treasury of Memorable Quotations    edited by Rosemary Gray order for
Treasury of Memorable Quotations
by Rosemary Gray
Order:  USA  Can
Blue Heron, 2004 (2004)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

This is one of a Book Blocks series that also includes Treasuries of ... Essential Proverbs, Shorter Verse, Love Poems, Household Hints, Limericks, Prophecies of Nostradamus, Wisdom for Life, and Words of Jesus Christ. This little book is divided into sections of related sayings, the section title taken from the first quotation in it. Topics range from what life's all about ('A Gamble At Terrible Odds') to death and dying ('We Must All Go to Bed in Another World').

Some quotations were familiar to me, but a large number were new. Here's one by Ogden Nash: 'I would live all my life in nonchalance and insouciance / Were it not for making a living, which is rather a nouciance.' How about a Polish proverb? 'Fish, to taste right, must swim three times - in water, in butter, and in wine.' Sounds scrumptious to me! I really like Al Capp's perspective on abstract art - 'A product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered' - and Tom Stoppard's 'The media. It sounds like a convention of spiritualists.' There's John Biffen's summary of Margaret Thatcher as 'a tigress surrounded by hamsters' and Agatha Christie's still timely 'War settles nothing ... to win a war is as disastrous as to lose one!' Or consider Vladimir Nabokov's words - 'Life is a great surprise. I do not see why death should not be an even greater one.'

Can you tell I love dipping into little books like this? A Treasury of Memorable Quotations would make a delightful graduation gift or stocking stuffer - and you can always skim first before giving it away, like I do.

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