By James Wood
Excerpt from Dictionary of Quotations From historic and sleek, English and overseas assets: together with words, Mottoes, Maxims, Proverbs, Definitions, Aphorisms, and Sayings of clever males, of their relating lifestyles, Literature, hypothesis, technology, artwork, faith, and Morals, particularly within the ethical facets of Them
Except in relation to quotations from Shakespeare, the reader will notice that the Editor has quoted in simple terms the names of the authors or the books from which they're taken, and has now not, as can be anticipated of him, provided both bankruptcy or verse. the reason being, he didn't imagine it well worth the labour and price that might were interested in doing so, whereas the quotations given are for many half autonomous of the context, and are completely intelligible of their personal gentle. they're all roughly of an aphoristic caliber, and the which means and alertness are glaring to anybody who is aware the topic of which they treat.
As for the opposite features of those quotations, they are going to be chanced on to be ordinarily short in expression and pointed in program, and never some of them winged in addition to barbed. a superb many are pregnant in that means; recommend greater than they convey; and are the coinage of minds of no usual penetration and seize of suggestion. whereas a few of them are so uncomplicated baby may possibly comprehend them, there are others that border on areas within which the clearest-headed and most excellent footed could stumble and are available to grief.
The assortment could have been greater; the quarry of the literature of the current century by myself may have provided fabrics for as significant a publication. however the Editor's activity was once to supply a piece that are meant to embody gleanings from varied fields of literature, and he might in basic terms introduce from that of the current day up to his limits allowed. but, although the volume given is not any index of the volume to be had, the Editor hopes the reader will permit that his choice has now not been made at nighttime, and that what he has given is of the genuine caliber, in addition to sufficient in volume for many readers to digest. If the standard be stable, the amount is of little account, for what has been acknowledged of cause might be stated of knowledge that's its maximum expression: Whoso hath any, hath entry to the whole.
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