Pocket Book of QuotationsQuotations are all around us. Watch a TV show and it'll be peppered with quotations. Movies reference quotations. Books and songs do! The more you know the quotations, the more you can understand the references and get the gist of the conversation.
Back in 1942, in the midst of World War II, Dover came out with their first edition of the Pocket Book of Quotations. This covered a wide time range, a wealth of topic areas, and helped give readers something fresh to think about. In our modern times it does the exact same thing. It helps us to learn more about our culture, be fluent in its language, and able to participate in those discussions.
So we have quotes such as "I shall light a candle of understanding in thine heart, which shall not be put out." (Apocrypha, II Esdras, XIV, 25). We have the classic "All for one, one for all." (Dumas, The Three Musketeers). It's fun just to read through a pages each evening and think about the quotes. What do they mean? Why have they stood the test of time?
It's also of course useful to look up particular quotes for particular uses. If you need an email signature, or a message for a note to a friend, sometimes the perfect quote is just right.
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