'Encarta Book of Quotations ' (Pounds 30, Bloomsbury)/'Cassell's Movie Quotations' (Pounds 20, Cassell & Co)

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FOR bookworms, there can be few more pleasurable ways of spending your time than by taking a short break to pour over a volume of quotations.

With 1,700 pages between them, two new books will delight and entertain for as long as you own them.

Take Clint Eastwood, for example.

At first glance, Nigel Rees' specialist Movie Quotations volume gives Clint just two sentences, one of which quotes him from Newsweek in 1985.

'My old drama coach used to say: 'Don't just do something, stand there'. Gary Cooper wasn't afraid to do nothing.'

In the other, Clint says in an 'attributed remark': 'My involvement goes deeper than acting or directing. I love every aspect of the creation of motion pictures and I guess I'm committed to it for life.'

Suddenly, it turns out there's more.

Look up one of his films, say Dirty Harry, and you have the legendary 'Do I feel lucky?' speech in all of its glory.

Find Bo Derek talking in 1985 and you have a rather different take on the Eastwood legend.

'I guess a film in which I didn't end up in bed, in the sea or in a hot tub, would have the same appeal as a Clint Eastwood movie in which nobody got shot,' says Bo. Quite.

The Encarta Book, with an astonishing 25,000 quotations, goes deeper at all levels, with quotes from around the world throughout history and from Shakespeare to Churchill and from Thatcher to Ben Elton at home.

But my favourite movie quote of all, also featured in the Cassell's book, still has to be Clive James' sublime description of Arnold Schwarzenegger's body as 'A condom full of walnuts'.

There's no arguing with that.


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