The most quotable sayings of only notable people, this is a ""combination treasury of humor and dictionary of quotations"". The material, which is drawn from a century of American wit, two centuries of English wit, and some from older sources, is arranged according to author, although there will also be a subject index. Believing that brevity is the soul of wit, there are chiefly epigrams and bons mots here and their selection here is based on their ""uncommon quotability"" rather than on the stature of their spokesmen. Thus you will find Josh Billings, Mark Twain, Frank McKinney Hubbard, Oscar Wilde, the line- leaders.... Useful for reference among writers and speakers, and also for a general market of those interested in a smart crack.