When it comes to pop culture (and life, in general) there will always be Quotes Every Man Should Know.
According to the author, this little black book — which is chock-full of classic and soon-to-be classic quotes — is sized to fit inside your pants pocket for every occasion. But beware, when quoting others, there are rules: Be sparing. Be appropriate. Be enlightening. Be bold.
Plain and simple, there are some great nuggets of wisdom on display here from a wide range of speakers, including Greek philosophers, Roman poets, Chinese sages,
astronomers, Astronauts and United States Presidents. There’s a complete section devoted to different religions, including Buddhist and Islamist sayings, as well as lines of the text from the King James Version of the Bible.
My favorite section is titled, “They Never Said That,” which proves many widely known phrases and proverbs are incorrectly quoted.
Published by Quirk Books, there’s plenty of witty one-liners printed throughout the ages. With the information superhighway found at your fingertips, author Nick Mamatas says it best, “We are all drowning in a sea of quotations, our lungs too full of wisdom to even breathe.”
Strength: Great quotes from great people (and some not-so-great people).
Weakness: One quote by Heraclitus is double quoted on subsequent pages.
WTF Moment: Popular figures are noted, including Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, John Wayne and Mark Twain, but Yogi Berra clearly takes the cake… But the cake is a lie!
– “Doubt is the origin of wisdom.”
– “Quotation confesses inferiority.”
– “It is easy to be brave from a distance.”
– “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”
– “What’s the use of happiness? It can’t buy you money.”
– “If you want to make enemies, try to change something.”
– “Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.”
– “It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.”