Review: Words from the Wise

Review: Words from the Wise

Words From The Wise
by Rosemarie Jarski
published by Skyhorse Publishing
original publication: 2007
size: 899KB (592 pages)
categories: reference; quotations
lending: enabled
simultaneous device licenses: six
part of the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library: yes
text-to-speech: yes
real page numbers: no
x-ray: no
Whispersync for Voice: no

“Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature.”
–Tom Robbins, quoted by Rosemarie Jarski
in Words from the Wise

Rosemarie Jarski has done a good job of organizing the 6,000 quotations in Words from the Wise into categories. The editor also makes interesting choices in people, quoting comedians far more often than is common, for example. The author Stanislaw Lec is quoted more than thirty times.

In general, I liked the quotations themselves.

I will say that this is a lengthy book, which I should have realized. I borrowed it from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library*, and didn’t think about how long it was going to take me to go through 6,000 quotations. :)

The main frustrations I had with the book are the ones I usually have with a book of quotations. The quotes are sourced to the author…and in this case, the title of the book/movie and so on aren’t even given. There isn’t a way to tell if a quotation attributed to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was said by the author, Sherlock Holmes, or Professor Moriarty. Actually, that is one inconsistency: a quotation in this book is attributed to Holmes, when characters generally aren’t given as the source.

Since there is no indication of the work from whence the quotation comes, you would have a tough time reading more of it if you wanted to do that (which is sometimes the case).

There is an index in the back…but it’s unlinked and oddly, doesn’t even contain page numbers. I’m not sure what happened there: if there were page numbers in a paper edition and removed for the e-book, or if there was supposed to be linking that didn’t work for some reason.

I tried to make my own book of quotations, The Mind Boggles: A Unique Book of Quotations, a way for you to find the original works and read them if you want. I am working on updating it a bit. I got some helpful proofreading observations from readers, and one of my regulars, Roger Knights said something that made me add a feature. I source a character if the character is speaking, but that can make it harder to find all of the quotations from one author. I’m adding listings for many of the authors, with cross-referencing to the characters.

Overall, I’d say Words from the Wise has some good quotations in it, and if you only care about what was said (rather than by whom and where), you’ll enjoy it.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

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3 Responses to “Review: Words from the Wise”

  1. rogerknights Says:

    What a great title! It’s surprising it wasn’t thought of decades earlier.

    Amazon will be able to glean many quote-collections from its users’ Popular Highlights.

  2. It’s borrowin’ time! #1 « I Love My Kindle Says:

    [...] just re-read this one myself, borrowing it from the KOLL. Words from the Wise had taken me a lot longer than I thought it would, so I wanted something I could read in a [...]

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