Quotations for All Occasions

Quotations for All Occasions

Quotations for All Occasions

Quotations for All Occasions

Synopsis

On the most important occasions of our lives, we often find ourselves at a loss for words; when we want to console, celebrate, explain, inspire, or thank, we end up repeating such uninspiring, uninformative phrases as "Words cannot express how I feel." To help us find the right words, Catherine Frank has compiled this handy compendium of quotations that capture the mundane and the magnificent, the everyday and extraordinary moments of our lives. The three sections of the book cover 150 occasions. "Every Year" offers quotations on all the special dates in the calendar from New Year's Day to New Year's Eve, including Martin Luther King Day, Valentine's Day, Ramadan, Mother's Day, Thanksgiving, Kwanzaa, and Christmas. "Occasionally" presents quotations on such occasions as giving a speech, having an interview, becoming a parent, getting engaged, welcoming someone, and saying goodbye. "Once in a Lifetime" provides quotations on such momentous events as confirmation, coming out, turning 16, graduation, and retirement. A sampling: ¿ Plato, John Donne, and Woody Allen give their words of wisdom on death. ¿ Betty Ford writes eloquently on recovery. ¿ Martina Navratilova ruminates on her first sexual encounter... and Holden Caufield on his. ¿ Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mark Twain, and Frederick Douglass ponder Independence Day. ¿ Amy Tan reflects on the meaning of the Chinese New Year. ¿ Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Susan Sontag offer poignant descriptions of pain and illness. Whether you are offering consolation or congratulations, condolences or confessions, Quotations for All Occasions has the perfect words for every occasion.

Excerpt

On the most important occasions of our lives, we often find ourselves at a loss for words. When we most want to console, celebrate, explain, inspire, or thank, we end up repeating phrases like “Words cannot express how I feel” or “I just don't know what to say.” Quotations for All Occasions may just be the book to supply those words or inspire you to come up with some of your own.

Our failure to speak on important occasions sometimes results from a sense that it may be inappropriate to craft a fine turn of phrase in a time of great emotion. Eloquence may be misconstrued when it commemorates the loss of a friend, for example. (Turn to the section on bereavement and you will see that Samuel Johnson had something to say about the incompatibility of grief and “remote allusions and obscure opinions.”) On the other hand, to read or share the comments of Plato, John Donne, or Woody Allen on the subject of death can help to put our own grief into perspective, and enable us to offer words instead of tears to console a friend.

Even on joyful occasions, le mot juste may not be a high priority. When you are shopping for turkey and trying to figure out how to fit your entire family around your dinner table, you may not have the energy to compose a moving statement about the meaning of Thanksgiving to set the tone for the feast. Quotations for All Occasions may give you the inspiration to impress your guests with a quotation from Sarah Josepha Hale, the founder of the modern celebration of the holiday, or to reassure them with Erma Bombeck's comment that on this one day everyone should be exonerated from dieting. Why come up with a toast for your child's wedding when the poet Richard Wilbur has already done the work for you? Why share with your child the intimate details of your first sexual encounter when you can let Moll Flanders, Martina Navratilova, and Holden Caulfield tell all? Why suffer alone when Florence King and Ursula Le Guin can enlighten you about the benefits of menopause, and when Betty Ford can inspire you to battle an addiction? Quotations for All Occasions can supply you with quotations to inspire and console you and bail you out when you just don't . . .

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