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Quotations: Resources


Not sure if a quote is accurate or not? Here is a quick guide with reputable quotation books! Always make sure to check to that quotes come from a credible source.  If you need help determining whether a quote is real or not, ask a librarian. We are always here to help!

Quotation Guides

Civilization's Quotations: Life's Ideal

"These 8,000 clever and insightful sayings, organized by theme, will enrich the prose of writers, public speakers and anyone seeking to lead or persuade. It also provides a wealth of inspirational affirmations to guide us in our lives."-EBSCO eBooks

The Ultimate Quotable Einstein

"In The Ultimate Quotable Einstein, readers will also find quotes by others about Einstein along with quotes attributed to him."-EBSCO eBooks

The Yale Book of Quotations

"This reader-friendly volume contains more than 12,000 famous quotations, arranged alphabetically by author. It is unique in its focus on American quotations and its inclusion of items not only from literary and historical sources but also from popular culture, sports, computers, science, politics, law, and the social sciences."-EBSCO eBooks. 

Oxford Dictionary of Medical Quotations

"The Oxford Dictionary of Medical Quotations presents a wonderfully entertaining and eclectic range of quotations covering all aspects of medicine through the ages. It couples profound statements from famous scientists with witty one-liners from the likes of Woody Allen and Spike Milligan."-EBSCO eBooks

People on People : The Oxford Dictionary of Biographical Quotations

"This is a collection of quotations from famous people about famous people - from Martin Amis on Jimmy Connors and Jane Austen on Henry VIII, to Liz Hurley on Marilyn Monroe, there are over 4000 quotations about both historical and contemporary figures from all over the world." -OCLC

The Routledge Dictionary of Latin Quotations : The Illiterati's Guide to Latin Maxims, Mottoes, Proverbs, and Sayings

"The Routledge Dictionary of Latin Quotations completes our enormously successful and award-winning Latin for the Illiterati series of volumes, rounding off the trilogy with a comprehensive treasury of classic Latin quotations, mottoes, proverbs, and maxims collected from the worlds of philosophy, rhetoric, politics, science, religion, literature, drama, poetics, and war."- EBSCO eBooks

In the Words of Theodore Roosevelt : Quotations From the Man in the Arena

"Distilled from Roosevelt's voluminous writings and speeches, In the Words of Theodore Roosevelt is a discerning collection of quotations by this American icon who continues to inspire and captivate an extraordinary array of twenty-first-century Americans."-EBSCO eBooks

In the Words of Frederick Douglass : Quotations From Liberty’s Champion

"In the Words of Frederick Douglass is a rich trove of quotations from Douglass. The editors have compiled nearly seven hundred quotations by Douglass that demonstrate the breadth and strength of his intellect as well as the eloquence with which he expressed his political and ethical principles."-EBSCO eBooks

I, Steve : Steve Jobs, in His Own Words

"Drawn from more than three decades of media coverage—-print, electronic, and online—-this book serves as a tribute to for the best, most thought-provoking insights spoken by Steve Jobs. Containing more than two hundred quotations, it's essential reading for everyone who seeks innovative solutions applicable to their business, regardless of size."-EBSCO eBooks

Michelle Obama : In Her Own Words

"Quotations from a variety of sources including newspaper and magazine articles, transcripts, speeches, and TV interviews and profiles. This book of quotations provides a highly readable survey of Michelle Obama's thought, words, and beliefs."-EBSCO eBooks

The Founders on Religion : A Book of Quotations

"This the first of its genre to be grounded in the careful examination of original documents by a professional historian. Conveniently arranged alphabetically by topic, it provides multiple viewpoints and accurate quotations."-ProQuest eBooks

The Quotations of Mayor Coleman A. Young

"New edition of the popular pocket-sized collection of former Detroit mayor Coleman Young's most memorable quotes."-EBSCO eBooks

Encyclopedia of Supreme Court Quotations

 "...Over 1000 Supreme Court decisions by excerpting selections with precedential, historical, or research value. The resulting compendium is arranged so that readers can understand both the guiding principles of constitutional law upon which the opinions are based and the relevance and interconnectedness of contemporary social, economic, and political issues to the core concepts as both evolve over time." -Library Journal

In the Words of E.B. White : Quotations From America's Most Companionable of Writers

"In the Words of E. B. White offers readers a delightful selection of quotations, selected and annotated by his granddaughter and literary executor, Martha White. The quotations cover a wide range of subjects and situations, from Automobiles, Babies, Bees, City Life, and College to Spiders, Taxes, Weather, Work, and Worry. E. B. White comments on writing for children, how to tell a major poet from a minor one, and what to do when one becomes hopelessly mired in a sentence."-EBSCO eBooks

The Quotable Thoreau

"Drawing primarily on The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau, published by Princeton University Press, The Quotable Thoreau is thematically arranged, fully indexed, richly illustrated, and thoroughly documented. For the student of Thoreau, it will be invaluable.Over 2,000 quotations on more than 150 subjects Richly illustrated with historic photographs and drawings Thoreau on himself and his contemporaries." -EBSCO eBooks

The Essential Aldo Leopold : Quotations and Commentaries

"Leopold biographer Curt Meine and noted conservation biologist Richard Knight have assembled this comprehensive collection of quotations from Leopold's extensive and diverse writings, selected and organized to capture the richness and depth of the North American conservation movement."-ProQuest Central

Science Fiction Quotations : From the Inner Mind to the Outer Limits

"Drawing upon two centuries of the vast and provocative literature of science fiction and fantasy, this comprehensive book presents more than 2,900 quotations from wide-ranging sources, including science fiction and fantasy stories, novels, films, and television programs.The quotations are organized by topic—alien worlds; darkness and light; robots, androids, and cyborgs; machines and technology; weapons; and more than one hundred others."-EBSCO eBooks

Dow's Dictionary of Railway Quotations

"Dow's Dictionary of Railway Quotations is an authoritative compendium of quotations about railways from 1608 to the present day. More than 3,400 entries are drawn from over 1,300 writers and speakers and a wide range of original sources both British and American—Acts of Parliament, poetry, songs, journals, advertisements, obituaries, novels, histories, plays, films, office memoranda, speeches, newspapers, television and radio broadcasts, and private documents and conversations."-EBSCO eBooks

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations

  • Chronologically arranged entries supply quotations from 2,250 authors and major collective or anonymous works, with an alphabetical index of authors and an index to the text.
  • The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations
  • Here are 6,000 of the best known quotes of our time, drawn from novels, plays, poems, essays, speeches, films, radio and television, songs, and advertisements.
  • The Quotations of Mayor Coleman A. Young
  • "New edition of the popular pocket-sized collection of former Detroit mayor Coleman Young's most memorable quotes."-EBSCO  eBooks

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