Reviews - What do customers think about 14,000 Quips & Quotes for Writers & Speakers?
It's a useful book Apr 7, 2002
... some [of the quotes] can be claimed to be 'negative', but they are actually quite true. If you want motivating quotes, get a motivational book! There is Anthony Robbins and Stephen R. Covey for that.
If you're looking for a quotation book that will help in speeches, conversation or essays, this is a useful book to have. The supposed 'negative' comments are so true when you think about it, and those that you find completely untrue are really there for the humour only. The quotes about girls may get a little painful if said mentioned in a grave manner. But someone who says "Attention girls: Always save a boyfriend for a rainy day -- and another one in case it doesn't rain" with a wide smile on his face, ending a speech.
I strongly suspect that the crowd will be in laughter rather than angry at that. There are some very meaningful quotes too, like "It's better to look where you're going than to see where you've been". This book isn't bad at all!
One thing though, that I don't like about this book is that it doesn't attribute who the quotes are from. If that is important to you, then don't get this book. For those who find that it is extremely important, yet want this book badly, you can simply type in the whole quote in any search engine on the internet and viola, you'll find websites with these quotes and the proper attributions.
Get this book if you want nice quotes without attributes, and quotes that you can use to humour many people (some are outrageously hilarious while being so true). Get it if you want to boost wrtings, and of course learn from the profound minds who wrote these quotes.
the book of quips... dont get it Sep 14, 2001
this book was great SIKE it was bad dont get it
Come On People, It's not THAT Bad ... Jul 25, 2001
After reading the negative reviews on this site, I'm almost ashamed to say that I have found this book to be helpful in the past. The quips and quotes about church and Christianity were cute, and most of the quotes had more substance and meat than other quote books. I haven't noticed the overt sexism toward women that others have mentioned, although it should be stressed that every quote book is going to have its share of dumb and trifling remarks. Use with caution.
Rev. Marc Axelrod
The Complete Guide to the Book of Proverbs is much better! Jan 14, 2000
Most of the quotations are boring or put downs. "The extravagant girl usually makes a poor mother and a bankrupt father." Any girl can be glamorous. All she has to do is stand still and look stupid." "There's nothing consistent about human behavior except its tendency to drift toward evil." If you are looking for more positive quotes for personal use or public speaking a much better resource is THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE BOOK OF PROVERBS by Cody Jones. It has a topical guide with 96 topics arranged alphabetically. Each topic is amplified by one or more verses from the book of Proverbs. There is also an in-depth commentary with many historical drawings that give you a sense of the culture of the time. In the back are 6 popular translations of Proverbs in parallel.
not the best book of quotes... Jan 13, 2000
To it's credit there are a lot of quotes in here and some made me think. But, none of the quotes are attributed (I like to know who I'm quoting) and I found I didn't like 9 out of 10 of the quotes. Most are simplistic or negative. I'd suggest folks looking for a book on quotes buy a book called _Great Quotes from Great Leaders_. Much smaller book, only about 100 pages, but probably has more useful quotes in it than this one.