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The 120,000 most authoratative quotations on the web, with 50,000 other short selections.
Bartlett, John. 1919. Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.
Including over 11,000 quotations, the first new edition of John Bartlett’s corpus to be published after his death in 1905 keeps most of his original work intact.
Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.
These 41,480 selections divided into 1,500 categories include thousands of authors and an entire volume’s-worth of Shakespeare.
Dictionary of Quotations. 1899.
These 28,732 selections feature non-English language sources including proverbs by a master Encyclopedist.
Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.
These 6,700 quotations in 2,000 categories represent an encyclopedic classification of the canon’s eternal passages.
Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.
The 21,700 quotations in this standard reference bible, organized by major category, feature original language with translations.
Prose Quotations from Socrates to Macaulay. 1880.
These 9,000 often lengthy selections highlight English prose geniuses like Addison, Burke, Johnson, Locke and Macaulay.
Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
The 2,100 entries in this eminently researched collection form the constellation of collected wisdom in American political debate.
Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men. 1989.
1,200 very readable expository selections from 400 authors.
Christy, Robert. 1887. Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.
The 20,500 selections in this classic reference work comprise an encyclopedic scope of English proverbs.
Hazlitt, William Carew. 1907. English Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases.
These 10,764 entries feature explanation of the hidden meanings of folk wisdom repeated unwittingly.
Marvin, Dwight Edwards. 1916. Curiosities in Proverbs.
The two thousand entries in this uniquely multicultural collection feature comparison of similar proverbs in different languages.
Wilstach, Frank J. 1916. A Dictionary of Similes.
Wilstach spent over 20 years tracing more than 16,000 similies to 2,000 sources and categorizing them under some 3,000 subjects.
See also French Aphorists:
La RochefoucauldPascalLa BruyèreVauvenarguesChamfortJoubert, & French Wit, Wisdom, and Wickedness