Monday, February 9, 2009

Dictionary of Foreign Terms

Revised and Updated by Charles Berlitz.. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company. 1975.

10-second review: Who says a reference book can’t be fun to read? This book is full of fun, popular ideas that are really half-truths. You can think of lots of exceptions. But you can also think of lots of examples. Sit back, relax and enjoy reading the world’s wisdom.

Sample Quotes: “Old men are twice children.” p. 50. “As we grow old, we become more foolish and more wise.” p. 129. “Anger is a brief madness.” p. 190. “A wager is a fool’s argument; betting marks the fool.” p. 156. “Criticism is easy and art is difficult.” p. 203. “Beauty is a flower, fame a breath.” p. 151. “Every beginning is cheerful.” p. 17. “I believe it because it is absurd or unlikely.” p. 92. “Life without literature or books is death.” p. 358. “The brave man may fall, but cannot yield.” p. 151. “Fire tests gold; misery tests brave men.” p. 178. “All things change and we change with them.” p. 254. “He conquers twice who conquers himself in victory.” p. 50. “Everyone is the product of his own deeds.” p. 60.

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