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Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations Paperback – Oct 13 2012

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Fourth Edition edition (Sept. 13 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199570035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199570034
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 3.3 x 12.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 422 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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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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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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You might notice from the preview that about 1/3 of the book is a couple indices.
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HASH(0xa50295f4) 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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HASH(0xa5029840) out of 5 stars Some odd choices July 9 2012
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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.
HASH(0xa5029804) out of 5 stars Useful Collection Bonnes Mots Aug. 2 2014
By Taoiseach Da Caisel - Published on
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Inclusion of Americana is appreciated greatly.
Size of typeface is a bit challenging to an alte.
HASH(0xa5029af8) out of 5 stars might be ok for an outhouse in the woods - ... Nov. 24 2015
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might be ok for an outhouse in the woods - not worth reading - but it probly beats a corn cob
HASH(0xa5029b58) out of 5 stars Four Stars July 13 2015
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not very funny but amusing