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Pythagoras (B.C. 582-507)

Sixty percent of the quotations in this book are two lines or less.

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That writer does the most, who gives his reader the most knowledge, and takes from him the least time.

Colton (1780-1832)

There are millions of quotations. Quantity is not synonymous with quality. The best book doesn't always have the most pages. Few movie critics think the longest film is the best.

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Whatever we well understand we express clearly, and words flow with ease.

Nicholas Boileau (1636-1711)

Lack of clarity is more often the fault of the author or the editor than any failing on the part of the reader.

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It is with books as with men: a very small number play a great part, the rest are lost in the multitude.

Voltaire (1694-1778)

Unusual Features Of This Book


Wisdom of the Ages” differs from other books of quotations in three significant ways. The major subjects come from systems of knowledge that have reached us from antiquity. . Each subject is consistently divided into seven sections. And, more quotations than usual come from non-western and ancient sources.

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MAJOR SUBJECTS FROM ANTIQUITY - The 81 Major Subjects used in this book come from systems of knowledge that have reached us from antiquity. Arranged alphabetically, these common denominators allow us to group related minor subjects together. For example, the major subject of CHARACTER includes minor subjects such as Dignity, Ethics, Honor, Integrity and Reputation. This arrangement results in fewer subjects, and enables you to find what you’re looking for in one place. Although most subjects like ANGER, BEAUTY, COURAGE, HOPE, TRUTH, POWER etc. will be familiar, we’d like to call your attention to the subjects of CREATION, THE ETERNAL, SOUL and NON-BEING which are not usually covered in other quotation books. The Subject List is on the following pages and the Subject Finder Index in the back of the book.

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