The New Penguin Dictionary of Modern Quotations (Penguin Group)
‘It’s better to be quotable than honest’ Tom Stoppard From the pithy to the provocative, here are 8,000 illuminating and highly topical quotations from the voices of the modern age, covering the key debates and issues of the last century. Ranging from politicians such as Winston Churchill – (‘Give us the tools and we will finish the job’) to film stars like Charlie Chaplin – (‘Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot’), as well as entries from many unusual and unexpected figures, and including famous snippets of popular culture such as the Sun’s unforgettable headlines (‘Freddie Starr ate my hamster’) or quotations from films like Reservoir Dogs (‘Let’s go to work’), this unique reference book offers a brilliant collage of our times. Arranged alphabetically by name, each entry is prefaced by succinct biographical information about the speaker, many followed by a brief note to explain its context and the responses it received. Together they give an unparalleled insight into the global culture, politics and thought of the last nine decades.
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