Reddit reviews: The best quotation reference books

We found 33 Reddit comments discussing the best quotation reference books. We ran sentiment analysis on each of these comments to determine how redditors feel about different products. We found 17 products and ranked them based on the amount of positive reactions they received. Here are the top 20.

Top Reddit comments about Quotation Reference Books:

u/eyeball-juice · 9 pointsr/GetMotivated

Edit - More information has come to light! thanks to /user/bluefusion-

It is based on a quote from Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib

From wikipedia - lived from c. 594 to 29 January 661, was the cousin and son-in-law of Muhammad, the prophet of Islam.

"How strange and foolish is man. He loses his health in gaining wealth. Then, to regain his health he wastes his wealth. He ruins his present while worrying about his future, but weeps in the future by recalling his past. He lives as though death shall never come to him, but dies in a way as if he were never born."

Note - Older info below:


Seems to be based on short story from this chap:

John James Brown (pen name: James Lachard) born 1923 in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, England

Also is published in the book “An Interview With God” Reata Strickland (editor)




“Come in,” God said. “So you would like to interview me?”

“If You have the time,” I said.

God smiled. “My time is eternity. That’s enough time to do everything.

What questions do you have in mind?”

“What surprises you most about mankind?”

“Many things.”

“That they get bored of being children, are in a rush to grow up, and then long to be children again.

That they lose their health to make money and then lose their money to restore health.

That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present, and live neither for the present nor for the future.

That they live as if they will never die, and die as if they had never lived.”

God took my hands in His. We were silent for a while, then I asked,

“As a parent, what are some of life’s lessons You want Your to children learn?”

God replied with a smile.

“To learn that they cannot make anyone love them.

They can only let themselves be loved.

To learn that what is most valuable is not what they have in their lives, but who they have in their lives.

To learn that it is not good to compare themselves to others.

All will be judged individually on their own merits, not as a group on a comparison basis.

To learn that a rich person is not the one who has the most, but is one who needs the least.

To learn that it takes only a few seconds to open profound wounds in persons they love and many years to heal them.

To learn to forgive by practicing forgiveness.

To learn there are persons who love them dearly, but simply do not know how to express or show their feelings.

To learn that money can buy everything but happiness.

To understand that two people can look at the same thing and see it totally differently.

To appreciate that a true friend is someone who knows everything about them, and likes them anyway.

To learn that it is not always enough that they be forgiven by others, but that they have to forgive themselves.”

I sat there for a while enjoying the moment. I thanked God for this time and for all that He has done for me and my family.
Then God replied, “Anytime, I’m here twenty-four hours a day. All you have to do is ask and I’ll answer. People will forget what you said.
People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.”

James J. Lachard (Jim Brown)

u/jay76 · 2 pointsr/atheism

I, as a gentle cynic who cares not whether there is a god or not, quite like that quote.

For the too-lazy-to-search:

> Eric Hoffer (July 25, 1902 – May 21, 1983) was an American social writer and philosopher. He produced ten books and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in February 1983 by President of the United States Ronald Reagan. His first book, The True Believer, published in 1951, was widely recognized as a classic, receiving critical acclaim from both scholars and laymen, although Hoffer believed that his book The Ordeal of Change was his finest work. In 2001, the Eric Hoffer Award was established in his honor with permission granted by the Eric Hoffer Estate in 2005.

I've added the links.

u/LiterallyAnscombe · 6 pointsr/enoughpetersonspam

Matt Lewis' previous claim to fame was writing defences of Sarah Palin's brilliance and (get ready for it) editing an anthology of her brilliant political philosophy.

It's really quite nice to see reactionaries and 4chan idiots being quite consistent in confusing yesterday's Fox News manure pile for a feeding trough lately.

u/ok_you_win · 1 pointr/funny

Naw, You are even slower than that. So you like words, eh?

You like books? Two good ones for you, filled with stuff like tmesis and chiasmus:


and by the same author:


u/[deleted] · 2 pointsr/harrypotter

Not at all. There are many people that like to memorize or at least to read them. They are quite fascinating actually. There is an entire Wikipedia section dedicated to this, both to real people and fiction.

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u/amazon-converter-bot · 2 pointsr/FreeEBOOKS

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u/ziggedwhenishouldhav · 1 pointr/cycling

Definitely on the socks. I also received this book one year for Christmas and really enjoyed it.

u/dorky2 · 2 pointsr/quotes

I have this book and it's delightful.

u/noplusnoequalsno · 1 pointr/eFreebies

[Kindle] A History of Western Philosophy in 500 Essential Quotations

Description: Featuring quotations by Plato, Aristotle, Marcus Aurelius, John Stuart Mill, Bertrand Russell, and many more, A History of Western Philosophy in 500 Essential Quotations contains two-and-a-half thousand years of wisdom distilled into one compact volume.

Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07WHBQQ82

u/yaybiology · 1 pointr/Teachers

My mom got me this book, The Quotable Teacher, when I graduated. It's got a lot of good ones, maybe you can find a copy at your library to look through.

u/Jambz · 2 pointsr/comedy


I've never read that, so I can't endorse if it's any good. Looking at the reviews though I would say to avoid it. But it does serve as a decent starting ground for finding what you're looking for. I found it by searching google for "book of insults" which I know are fairly common. I'd recommend beginning there and branching off from just a book of insults to find what you're looking for specifically. Definitely look at reviews or examples from the books themselves though.

Searching for "book of witty retorts" pulled up this which sounds like it might be more up your alley:

u/Kelsig · 7 pointsr/badeconomics

That's interesting. I might want to pick up those for entertainment because a lot of previous election proposals have been really hard to find.

Edit: Obama 2008 for example seems to have one. Romney 2012 (although this seems much worse quality -- little snippets from speeches and stuff)

u/coherent_sheaf · 1 pointr/philosophy

To name one:


There are perhaps thousands of books of this kind and many more if you approach the task a bit differently. In a way, everything ever written fits if you look at it with sufficient generality.

u/rfbennett · 152 pointsr/atheism

This quote comes from a book, no known author, that was discovered by an American web-designer named Reata Strickland in 2001. She published the work on her local church's website under the title "Interview with God."