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Peter's Quotations: Ideas for Our Times (1977)

by Laurence J. Peter

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From the author of the multimillion-selling The Peter Principle, and The Peter Prescription, here is a timeless collection of some of history's greatest and best-expressed thoughts. Organized alphabetically by subject -- from Ability to Zoos -- and completely cross-refernced by related categories, Peter's Quotations is a joy to use. Packed with many unusual and little-known quotations of great wit, Dr. Peter's reference book is not only fun to read -- an idea mine for writers, students, and public speakers -- but it is also relevant to the sometimes overwhelming problems of today. Peter's Quotations is priceless.… (more)
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Nice collection of aphorisms and nuggets of wisdom. Some of my favorite aphorisms are listed below:

The equal toleration of all religions…is the same thing as atheism. —Pope Leo XIII
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The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and these are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. —Elbert Hubbard
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If modern civilized man had to kill the animals he eats, the number of vegetarians would rise astronomically. —Christian Morgenstern
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Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. —George Jean Nathan
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The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who in time of great moral crises maintain their neutrality. —Dante Alighieri (1265–1321)
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An autobiography usually reveals nothing bad about its writer except his memory. —Franklin P. Jones
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If Jack’s in love, he’s no judge of Jill’s beauty. —Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790)
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The most costly of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. —H. L. Mencken
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Every man prefers belief to the exercise of judgment. —Seneca (4 B.C.–A.D. 65)
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The inspiration of the Bible depends upon the ignorance of the gentleman who reads it. —Robert G. Ingersoll (1833–1899)
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The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them. —Mark Twain
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To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting. —Edmund Burke (1729–1797)
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Under capitalism man exploits man; under socialism the reverse is true. —Polish Proverb
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Committee—a group of the unfit, appointed by the unwilling, to do the unnecessary. —Stewart Harrol
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Socialism is nothing but the capitalism of the lower classes. —Oswald Spengler
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  writemoves | Oct 26, 2021 |
So terribly handy & easy to navigate
  AdrianSamuels | Nov 6, 2009 |
I prefer Bartlett's for one major reason: You know where what you're looking for came from. There's plenty of good material in here, don't get me wrong, but if it's a Shakespeare quotation, I like to know *exactly* where it came from in MacBeth, so I can find it and cite it!

It does have an interesting organizating-- by theme-- which is different from Bartlett's and can make flipping through it amusing. In that way, you can actually pick this up and just browse instead of reading 16 pages of lines from Paradise Lost, all together.

However, if you're looking for something practical, something you can use to give people an answer if they ask you, "Hey, that was interesting, where did it come from, exactly?," you're not going to be able to answer the "exactly" part. Just be aware of that. ( )
1 vote ijustgetbored | Dec 18, 2007 |
Useful and compact book of quotations. ( )
  edwin.gleaves | May 12, 2007 |
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From the author of the multimillion-selling The Peter Principle, and The Peter Prescription, here is a timeless collection of some of history's greatest and best-expressed thoughts. Organized alphabetically by subject -- from Ability to Zoos -- and completely cross-refernced by related categories, Peter's Quotations is a joy to use. Packed with many unusual and little-known quotations of great wit, Dr. Peter's reference book is not only fun to read -- an idea mine for writers, students, and public speakers -- but it is also relevant to the sometimes overwhelming problems of today. Peter's Quotations is priceless.

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