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Dictionaries of Quotations

Oxford University Press have been publishing dictionaries of quotations since 1941 when the first edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations was launched. For over 70 years our bestselling quotations books have remained unrivalled in their coverage of quotations past and present.

Whether you are looking for a well-known quote by Winston Churchill for an essay, a humorous quip by Oscar Wilde for a speech, or simply a fascinating read for yourself - Oxford Quotations Dictionaries are a browser's paradise and an excellent gift.

Find out more about quotations and the history of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.

From the OxfordWords Blog...

Seventy years young
Elizabeth Knowles

We all find at times that we reach for the words of others to express just what we want to say. Gleaming red berries through the fog of a September morning may remind the more literary of John Keats's 'season of mists, and mellow fruitfulness'. The Indian summer of 2011, on the other hand, inspired the creator of a newspaper caption to rework a famous line from Porgy and Bess, 'Autumn time, and the living is easy...'

Quotations for every occasion
Susan Ratcliffe

One of the most interesting aspects of working with quotations is seeing how words from one occasion are applicable to another. The recent controversy over the sale of Forestry Commission land brought to mind the words of the poet William Blake, writing over 200 years ago: ‘The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way’.

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Concise Oxford Dictionary of Quotations
Sixth Edition
Susan Ratcliffe
978-0-19-956707-2
Paperback
17 March 2011
£10.99
I Wish <i>I'd</i> Said That
A Little Book of Humorous Quotations
Second Edition
Ned Sherrin
978-0-19-920360-4
Hardback
14 September 2006
£9.99
Lend Me Your Ears
Oxford Dictionary of Political Quotations
Fourth Edition
Antony Jay
978-0-19-957267-0
Hardback
28 October 2010
£15.99
Little Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs
First Edition
Elizabeth Knowles
978-0-19-956802-4
Hardback
22 October 2009
£9.99
Little Oxford Dictionary of Quotations
Fifth Edition
Susan Ratcliffe
978-0-19-965450-5
Hardback
11 October 2012
£9.99
May I Quote You on That?
A Guide to Grammar and Usage
Stephen Spector
978-0-19-021528-6
Paperback
August 2015 (estimated)
£9.99
Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations
Fifth Edition
Gyles Brandreth
978-0-19-968136-5
Hardback
17 October 2013
£20.00
Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations
Fourth Edition
Ned Sherrin
978-0-19-957003-4
Paperback
13 September 2012
£10.99
Oxford Dictionary of Medical Quotations
Peter McDonald
978-0-19-856598-7
Paperback
02 September 2004
£19.99
Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations
Third Edition
Elizabeth Knowles
978-0-19-920895-1
Hardback
23 August 2007
£18.99
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