Brief biographical annotations precede the shorter and longer excerpts in this thesaurus of famous sayings, speeches, lines and stanzas. The collection is chronological in arrangement, beginning with The First Thanksgiving Proclamation and the words of the founders (Penn, Paine, Franklin, Washington, etc.), and represented here are newspapermen, poets, novelists, essayists, educators, divines, actors, etc. The editor's choice includes 55 selections from Longfellow, only 12 from Lincoln, 7 from Coolidge, only 6 from F.D.R., and closes with the late President Kennedy. Indexed by a long Table of Contents (30 pages) and the appendix lists the authors alphabetically.