Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations Paperback – Oct 13 2012
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Review from previous edition: "The ultimate guide to the sharpest, wryest and wittiest quips, put-downs and one-liners" --Romford Recorder
"However you like your humour, there will be something here for you and I defy you to leaf through it and find nothing to bring a smile to the lips." --Herts Advertiser
"Does not disappoint... a brilliant manual for writers, after-dinner speakers and best men" --South Wales Evening Post
"As always this companion instructs through laughter" --Contemporary Review
"Buy the book" --Beachcomber, Daily Express
About the Author
Ned Sherrin CBE was presenter of BBC Radio 4's Loose Ends. Producer and director of the ground-breaking 1960's satire TV show That Was the Week That Was, and producer of a number of films, including The Virgin Soldiers (1968) and Up Pompeii (1971), he also wrote extensively for stage and screen. He directed many theatre productions such as Side by Side by Sondheim (London 1976 and New York 1977) and Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell (1989). He compiled a number of anthologies, including TheatricalAnecdotes (1991), Ned Sherrin in his Anecdotage (1993), and I Wish I'd Said That (2006). He also wrote a novel, Scratch an Actor (1995). Ned Sherrin died in October 2007.
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Here's a sampling of some of the quotes you will find:
"People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading" - Logan Pearsall Smith
"'Classic.' A book which people praise and don't read." - Mark Twain
"Christians have burnt each other, quite persuaded
That all the Apostles would have done as they did." - Lord Byron
"Things have come to a pretty pass when religion is allowed to invade the sphere of private life." - Lord Melbourne
"Puritanism. The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy." - H.L. Mencken
"Fortunately, just when things were blackest, war broke out." - Joseph Heller
"It's like hanging out with two miniature drunks." - Johnny Depp (on his two small children)
Great book. The only reason I gave it four stars is the price, but I was able to find a used copy for $3 in great condition. Recommended.
Size of typeface is a bit challenging to an alte.