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The Most Brilliant Thoughts of All Time (In Two Lines or Less)

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You don't have to be a genius to sound like one. Here's a collection of the most profound and provocative wit and wisdom in the English language in two lines or less. Edited by entrepreneur John M. Shanahan, who created the wildly successful Hooked on Phonics program, this wonderful book presents the best that has been thought and said on every imaginable topic.Classified ...more
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published June 1st 1999 by HarperCollins
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Jesse Broussard
Jul 06, 2010 rated it did not like it
The author is arrogant, repetitive, and careless in his citations (he attributes a quote from Ovid's Amores to Cato and enters the same quotes in multiple locations throughout the book). He apparently never thought anyone would read it cover to cover, and I wish he'd been right.

Just a tip: if you're writing a book called "The Most Brilliant Thoughts of All Time," you probably shouldn't quote yourself, and you really shouldn't quote yourself twelve times, but if you're going to quote yourself tw
Mar 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for:
Great book of quotes. I love to look at it whenever I have a few minutes.
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reference
Many of the quotes are lacking sources. Many are repeated. The editor has thrown in his own.
Aug 06, 2007 rated it liked it
Great book for quotes, but I wish they had more positive quotes. Some are pretty glass half empty kind of stuff.
Ross Lampert
Apr 15, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A high school buddy gave me this book a long, long time ago. Now that I’ve read it, I have to wonder why. In the spirit of its “(In Two Lines or Less)” subtitle, here are my thoughts.

Cynical: But Ambrose Bierce’s The Devil’s Dictionary did that better.
Repetitive: Go ahead and use the same quote in different chapters. No one will notice.

Egotistical: Never trust an editor who considers more of his own thoughts “brilliant” than those in all of the great religious works ever written… combined.

Dominic C
This book is essentially a long list of quotes. Because of that, it isn't the most entertaining reading material. Don't get me wrong, the people who wrote/spoke these quotes were geniuses. The collection of these quotes however was quite boring. I think this was mostly because I read all of the quotes, page after page, until I got tired. I believe it best to read this book much differently. You should just pick up this book, go to a random page in a section you want quotes about, read the quotes ...more
Apr 27, 2010 rated it it was ok
Someone gave us this compilation of "brilliant" thoughts. Yes there are a few of them but the editor picked and chose some of the stupidest ones ever. Shanahan in the section on Men, Women, and Relationships had to have picked the most pessimistic misogynist quotes available. Since when does one go to Oscar Wilde for advice on healthy male/female relationships? Even the other quotes one the subject were dripping with anti-marriage, anti-love, and anti-equality views. As a whole I'd rename this w ...more
Nov 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Another 50 cent find at the Hummelstown Library book sale. Some nice quotations, and the book provides them with a few chapters. Nothing super in-depth, but just the quote - the person and their dates.
Scott Macon
Feb 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: no one....except me
I reference this book quite often when composing emails or letters...I will also use the material in my photography work....

Quote: Philosophy....a road with many routes that lead from nowhere to nothing....

that say it all.
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
great quick reference quote book, just perfect for a quick pick me up. was a gift and it was perfect. i think books make great gift ideas. mom always said that, too
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