General Dictionaries Of Quotations
The following titles are standard dictionaries of quotations in the
English language, that is, the entries appeared originally in English
or are translations into English from foreign languages. In most cases,
only the call number for the latest edition is given. For other copies
or earlier editions, please check CATNYP for call numbers and appropriate
locations. (Please note that a quotation dictionary, exclusively in French,
is included in this list.)
Bartlett, John. Familiar Quotations, 17th ed. (Boston, Mass.; London:
Little, Brown, 2002). PubCat PN6081 .B27. A standard,
comprehensive collection whose primary arrangement is by author (listed
chronologically by birth
date); indexes are by keyword and author. Earlier editions of this work
(see the catalogs for appropriate call numbers) are useful for quotations
omitted in the latest edition.
Benham, William G. Benham’s
Book of Quotations, Proverbs, and Household Words (London: Harrap, 1948). PubCat PN6080 .B35. The
English-language section of this dictionary of quotations is arranged
by author. However,
the special sections covering quotations in Latin, Greek, and western
European languages are arranged by the first word of the quotation (translations
into English provided). A section entitled "Waifs and Strays" (arranged
by topics such as "Sundial Inscriptions" and "London Street
Sayings") provides a listing for miscellaneous and idiosyncratic
quotations. A keyword index is available for English language quotations.
Bloomsbury Dictionary of Quotations (London: Bloomsbury, 1987). *R-RMRR
PN6081 .B55. This work is arranged by author; a keyword
index is supplied.
Dournon, Jean-Yves. Le grand dictionnaire des citations francaises, rev.
ed. (Paris: Archipel, 2002). *R-RMRR PN6086 .D68. Arranged
by subject, with author index.
Ehrlich, Eugene H, ed., International Thesaurus of Quotations (New York:
Harper Perennial, 1996). *R-RMRR PN6081. T77. Primarily
arranged by subject, this work is also indexed by author, source, and
The Home Book of Quotations, Classical and Modern, 10th ed., selected
and arranged by Burton Stevenson (New York: Greenwich House, 1984). PubCat
PN6081 .H 635. This comprehensive dictionary of quotations
is primarily arranged by subject; author and keyword indexes are provided.
Hoyt, J.K. Hoyt's New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations Drawn
from the Speech and Literature of All Nations (New York: Funk and Wagnalls, 1927).
PubCat PN6081 .H7. This comprehensive collection,
arranged by subject, includes author and keyword indexes.
Mencken, Henry Louis. A New Dictionary of Quotations on Historical
Principles from Ancient and Modern Sources (New York: Knopf, 1987, c.1942). *R-RMRR
PN6081 .M49. This comprehensive collection, notable for
its inclusion of many lesser-known quotations, is arranged only by subject (with
cross references to related headings). No indexes.
The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase, Saying, and Quotation, edited by Elizabeth
Knowles (Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 1997). *R-RMRR
PN6080 .O945. Arranged primarily by themes or subjects,
supplemented by keyword index.
The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, 5th ed. (Oxford; New York: Oxford
University Press, 1999). *R-RMRR PN6080 .O95. Arranged
by author, this dictionary supplies a keyword index.
Powell, David. The Wisdom of the Novel: A Dictionary of Quotations (New
York: Garland, 1985). JFE 85-2457. Arranged by subject, this dictionary
draws its quotations from English and American authors published between
1470 and 1900; author, novel, and keyword indexes are provided.
Stevenson, Burton E. The Home Book of Proverbs, Maxims, and Familiar
Phrases (New York: Macmillan, 1956), 2 vols. PubCat
PN6405 .S74. This
comprehensive work is arranged by subject with cross references to related
headings; a keyword index is provided.
World Dictionary of Quotations (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley,
2005). *R-RMRR PN6080 .W43. Arranged by author,
with keyword index.
Yale Book of Quotations, edited by Fred R. Shapiro (New Haven: Yale University
Press, 2006). *R-RMRR PN6081 .Y35. Arranged primarily
by author, with keyword index. This work is notable for its special sections,
advertising slogans, political slogans, folk songs, and radio/television