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Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations [Paperback]

Ned Sherrin
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Oct. 13 2012 Oxford Paperback Reference
This hilarious collection of humorous quotations, full of wisecracks and wit, snappy comments and inspired fantasy, has been specially compiled by the late broadcaster and raconteur Ned Sherrin, with a foreword by leading British satirist, Alistair Beaton. Now packed with even more quotes and covering more subjects than before, from Weddings to the Supernatural, Headlines to Australia. Find the best lines from your favourite jokesters and wordsmiths, add that extra something to a speech orpresentation, or just enjoy a good laugh. 'A chair is a piece of furniture. I am not a chair because no one has ever sat on me.' Ann Widdecombe on the announcement that Parliamentary language will now be gender-neutral 'No wonder Bob Geldof is such an expert on famine. He's been feeding off 'I don't like Mondays' for 30 years.' Russell Brand On deciding to run for governor of California: 'The most difficult decision I've ever made in my entire life, except for the one in 1978 when I decided to get a bikini wax.' Arnold Schwarzenegger 'Wanting to know an author because you like his work is like wanting to know a duck because you like pate.' Margaret Atwood 'I am so sorry. We have to stop there. I have just come to the end of my personality.' Quentin Crisp, closing down an interview

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars quite funny, big index. June 4 2010
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You might notice from the preview that about 1/3 of the book is a couple indices.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not so humourous Jan. 25 2011
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I've read a lot of quote books,seeking their distilled wisdom and intellectual delights. Unfortunately, most fall short, often dwell in the tedious or opaque, and tend to be fair at best. This book is no different. It deserves a major culling. I found roughly one out of seven quotes to be worthy of inclusion. As the book's introduction rightly emphasizes, humour is a very subjective matter. However, many of the quotes are merely remarkable at best - and not humourous. Further, much of the supposed humour is lost because critical historical context is no longer part of the average reader's knowledge. Likewise, prevailing tastes have changed: I could do without many of the quotations of lyrics from musicals. In sum, slogging through the chaff to find the wheat seems to be the norm with quote books. That norm applies here. So the key question is: How much slogging are you prepared to undertake?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, Well-Indexed Collection of Humorous Quotations Feb. 1 2012
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This book delivers exactly what it sets out to. If you are a looking for a good, topical collection of humorous quotes this would be the place to start.

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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some odd choices July 9 2012
By Cynthia - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is physically nice quality, decent type, etc. But I was disappointed in the choices made of quotes to include. For instance, there are many quotes from song lyrics and works of literature, to the point where they overwhelm quotes from other sources. All are attributed, which is good. I just don't think that, for instance, Cole Porter lyrics are all that valuable as a nice summary of wisdom on a subject, or to make you look at something in a different way.
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful Collection Bonnes Mots Aug. 2 2014
By Taoiseach Da Caisel - Published on Amazon.com
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Inclusion of Americana is appreciated greatly.
Size of typeface is a bit challenging to an alte.
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2.0 out of 5 stars older quotes July 15 2013
By lawrence H. Nordeen - Published on Amazon.com
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I love a good quote to end my emails. However, these quotes were more of "old school" quotes and not fitted to my intended use.
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