The author is arrogant, repetitive, and careless in his citations he attributes a quote from Ovid s As to Cato and enters the same quotes in multiple locations throughout the book He apparently never thought anyone would read it cover to cover, and I wish he d been right Just a tip if you re writing a book called The Most Brilliant Thoughts of All Time, you probably shouldn t quote yourself, and you really shouldn t quote yourself twelve times, but if you re going to quote yourself twelve times, you should really make sure that they re all new quotes not ten quotes with two repetitions And seriously how do you quote yourself than Chesterton, Bierce and Shaw combined Ouch. This book is essentially a long list of quotes Because of that, it isn t the most entertaining reading material Don t get me wrong, the people who wrote spoke these quotes were geniuses The collection of these quotes however was quite boring I think this was mostly because I read all of the quotes, page after page, until I got tired I believe it best to read this book much differently You should just pick up this book, go to a random page in a section you want quotes about, read the quotes on that page, put the book down, and go about your day This book isn t meant to be read straight.Overall, I think this book contains some of the most brilliant thoughts ever created, but isn t great in terms of something to curl up and read. Many of the quotes are lacking sources Many are repeated The editor has thrown in his own. A high school buddy gave me this book a long, long time ago Now that I ve read it, I have to wonder why In the spirit of its In Two Lines or Less subtitle, here are my thoughts.Cynical But Ambrose Bierce s The Devil s Dictionary did that better.Repetitive Go ahead and use the same quote in different chapters No one will notice.Egotistical Never trust an editor who considers of his own thoughts brilliant than those in all of the great religious works ever written combined.Repetitive Go ahead and use nearly identical quotes in the same chapter No one will notice.Disorganized Organizing quotes like these along themes within a given chapter is a great idea It s just not required.At least I learned the full or true names of various famous people F Scott Fitzgerald Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald , Voltaire Fran ois Marie Arouet , George Orwell Eric Blair , Anatole France Jacques Anatole Fran ois Thibault , George Eliot Marian Evans Cross , and Leon Trotsky Lev Davidovich Bronstein , among others That s not enough to recommend this book, however. Pros witty thoughts from every possible source Cons Repetitive, The author used his own thoughts in the chapters. Great book of quotes I love to look at it whenever I have a few minutes. You Don T Have To Be A Genius To Sound Like One Here S A Collection Of The Most Profound And Provocative Wit And Wisdom In The English Language In Two Lines Or Less Edited By Entrepreneur John M Shanahan, Who Created The Wildly Successful Hooked On Phonics Program, This Wonderful Book Presents The Best That Has Been Thought And Said On Every Imaginable TopicClassified By Such Themes As Truth, Lies, And Deception, Men, Women, And Relationships, And Passions, Virtues, And Vices, These Quotes Contain Timeless Messages For All Humankind Oscar Wilde A Man Who Marries His Mistress Leaves A Vacancy In That Position Charles De Gaulle The Cemetery Is Filled With Indispensable Men Abraham Lincoln Nearly All Men Can Stand Adversity, But If You Want To Test A Man S Character, Give Him Power Sophocles Men Of Ill Judgment Oft Ignore The Good That Lies Within Their Hands, Till They Have Lost It Perfect For Anyone Who Has Ever Been Left Speechless, This Book Will Make You As Glib As Oscar Wilde, As Profound As Winston Churchill, And As Wise As Aesop Inspirational, Entertaining, And Thought Provoking, This Is One Collection That No Library Or Bookshelf Should Be Without Great book for quotes, but I wish they had positive quotes Some are pretty glass half empty kind of stuff. Most people are other people Their thoughts are some else s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation Oscar WildeModeration is the last refuge for the unimaginative Oscar WildeThat all men are equal is a proposition to which, at ordinary times, no sane individual has ever given his assent Aldous Huxley Endurance is frequently a form of indecision Princess Elizabeth Bibesco A loving person lives in a loving world A hostile person lives in a hostile world everyone you meet is your mirror Ken Keyes Jr.Dogma does not mean the absence of thought, but the end of thought GK Chesterton Madness is to think of too many things in succession too fast, or of one thing too exclusively Voltaire Every extreme attitude is a fight from the self Eric HofferThere is no great genius without some touch of madessSeneca A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking Arthur McBride Bloch Make me chaste and continent, but not just yet Saint Augustine A ship in harbor is safe but that is not what ships are for John A Shedd What the world needs is geniuses with humility, there are so few of us left Oscar LevantThe art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook William JamesMediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius Arthur Conan Doyle Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increasses great ones, as the wind blows out candles and fans fire Duc de La RochefoucauldThe strength of a man s virtue should not be measured by his special exertions, but by his habitual acts Blaise PascalWithout education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously G.K ChestertonI prefer an accommodating vice to an obstinate virtue Moli reBeware the fury of a patient man John DrydenPride is generally censured and decried, but mainly by those who have nothing to be proud of Arthur Schopenhauer Simple pleasures are the last refuge of the complex Oscar WildeOriginality is nothing but judicious imitation Voltaire Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn t have to do it himself A.H WeilerThere is luxury in self reproach When we blame ourselves, we feel no one else has a right to blame us Oscar WildeSelf respect is the root of discipline The sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself Abraham Heschel We have no right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it George Bernard ShawDistrust all those who love you extremely upon a very slight acquaintance and without any visible reason Lord Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield. Tis not the drinking that is to be blamed, but the excessJohn SeldenOnly the shallow know themselvesOscar WildeTo ridicule philosophy is really to philosophize Blaise PascalThere are two ways of spreading light to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it Edith WhartonMan is ice to truth and fire to falsehood Jean de La FontaineIndividualism is rather like innocence There must be something unconscious about it Louis Kronenberg I have not been afraid of excess Excess on occasion is exhilarating It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit William Somerset MaughanIdleness is only the refuge of weak minds Lord Philip Dormer Chesterfield Wonderful book filled with wise saying from scholars, writers, and a just a few very from the author to keep up on our toes.
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