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
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
• Plato, John Donne, and Woody Allen give their words of wisdom
• 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
• 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.
Subjects: Language & Literature
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