A collection which eschews the trite, the hackneyed, the commonplace, the widely, universally known is the result of the editor's hobby of a magpie collection of books which waked him to the possibility of quotations which would say things differently or which would offer other, new, fresh ways of saying things. Thus from A (Abroad) to Z (Zoo) he has selected 5,000 or more brief prose bits from the Bible and the ancients to E. B. White, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Angela Thirkell, Joyce Cary, etc, etc., to illustrate a tremendous range of subjects, some of which may have only one entry. Plural entries are arranged chronologically, and at the end of the subjects (arranged alphabetically) are cross references to allied topics; there is a subject index and an author index so that location of wanted material in easy. Humor is not bypassed; there is paradox along with the maxim and adage; there is variety enough to answer almost any need -- and the whole should be a really welcome addition to speakers' and writers' reference shelves for the sayings are generally unfamiliar and unusual. Nice to rummage in, too.