History of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations Part 4
About the major reference book Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, examples of quotes found in the book.
The Story behind BARTLETT'S FAMILIAR
Modern Operation: To update Bartlett's Familiar Quotations for a new edition, a special staff is hired, and a pool of persons who are experts in their respective fields is established. In today's world of mass communication and fleeting fashions, the editorship of a work such as Bartlett's has become an intricate but creative job. The current edition is the first computerized one; the 600-page index was compiled entirely by computer for greater comprehensiveness and accuracy than was previously possible.
Size and Distribution of Sales: No information available.
Examples of Typical Material: The following is a random sampling of quotes through the ages on a subject of enduring interest: husbands and wives.
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his
mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and
they shall be one flesh.--Genesis 2:24
Every one of you hath his particular plague,
and my wife is mine; and he is very happy
who hath this only.--Pittacus
He that hath wife and children hath given
hostages to fortune; for they are impediments
to great enterprises, either of virtue or
mischief.--Francis Bacon, "Of Adversity"
If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were lov'd by wife, then thee;
If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me ye women if you can.
Here lies my wife: here let her lie!
Now she's at rest, and so am I.
Epitaph intended for his wife
A little house well filled, a little field well
tilled, and a little wife well willed, are great riches.
Poor Richard's Almanac
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a
single man in possession of a good fortune,
must be in want of a wife.
--Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
It is easier to be a lover than a husband for the
simple reason that it is more difficult to be
witty every day than to say pretty things from
time to time.
--sHonore de Balzac,
Physiologie du Mariage
I should like to see any kind of a man, distin-
guishable from a gorilla, that some good and
even pretty woman could not shape a husband out of.
--Oliver Wendell Holmes,
The Professor at the Breakfast-Table
"In my youth," said his father, "I took to the law,
And argued each case with my wife;
And the muscular strength, which it gave to
Has lasted the rest of my life."
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
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