For lovers of language and fans of Blink and Freakonomics, New York Times bestselling author James Geary offers a fascinating look at metaphors and their influence in every aspect of our lives, from ordinary conversation and commercial messaging to news reports and political speeches.
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Another aphoristic discovery from the incomparable Jim Finnegan, proprietor of the ursprache blog and genius loci of Tramp Freighter … It’s wonderful to stumble upon an unknown aphorist. Doubly good when it turns out to be a woman. Because it seems there are fewer female aphorists. It was by chance I happened upon the writings […]
Geary’s Guide is the result of a lifetime’s obsession with aphorisms and a year’s death-defying research in the British Library.
More than 350 authors from around the world, some of whom appear here in English for the first time, are brought together in this lively and thought-provoking compendium.
The World in a Phrase is a whimsical, humorous tour through the history of this remarkable literary form and its extraordinary practitioners. The book chronicles the varied, often idiosyncratic backgrounds of the world’s key thinkers and shows, as eighteenth-century aphorist Vauvenargues puts it, just how much “the maxims of men reveal their hearts”.
The World in a Phrase in ITALIAN — la Vita in una Frase — can be ordered through online bookstores BOL.it and IBS.it. Read reviews from the Italian national newspapers Corriere Della Sera here and Il Giornale here.
The World in a Phrase in SPANISH — El mundo en una frase — can be ordered through the online bookstores Celesa.com, El Corte Ingles, Casa del Libro and Agapea.com. Click for reviews from Artes y Letras, Cinco Dias, and La Vanguardia.
The World in a Phrase in Brazilian PORTUGUESE — O Mundo em uma Frase — can be ordered through the online bookstores Siciliano.com and Livraria Cultura. Click here for a review from Veja, Brazil’s leading newsweekly, and here for a review from the newspaper Folha de São Paulo.
The World in a Phrase in KOREAN can be ordered through the online bookstores Yes24, Kyobo Bookstore and Aladdin. Click for reviews from Sisa Journal, a monthly magazine, and from the daily newspaper Kyunghang.
The World in a Phrase in Britain is out of print, but was known as We Are What We Think: A Journey Through the Wisest and Wittiest Sayings in the World.
“Geary fell in love with aphorisms when, at 8, his eye wandered to the Quotable Quotes section of Reader’s Digest ... His attraction turned into a lifetime obsession, which he indulges to the fullest in ‘The World in a Phrase’, his entertaining love letter to the compact form.”
– New York Times
“Geary serves up old favorites: Montaigne, La Rochefoucauld, Benjamin Franklin, Mark Twain, Ambrose Bierce. But he has also rustled up phrase-makers who are undeservedly forgotten.”
– Washington Post
“This is a real treasure house. I intend to raid it relentlessly.”
– John Humphrys
“It is impossible not to be swept along with Geary’s enthusiasm. He has illuminated some poignant observations of the significance of introspection.”
– The Times Literary Supplement
“What a pleasant, personal, thoughtful little book ... Geary’s account is full of wonderful aphorisms .... Delightful.”
“Probably the definitive work on aphorisms, a love letter-cum-memoir disguised as a reference book ... fellow fanatics will be delighted.”
– Publishers Weekly
“Might become a Christmas bestseller — another Eats, Shoots and Leaves perhaps?”
– The Bookseller
“Geary’s book is a short and enlightening introduction to this short and enlightening literary form.”
– The Charleston Post and Courier
“A delight ... offers extraordinary phrases that any lover of the prickly thought and the graceful sentence can savor.”
– New York Sun
Geary’s “enthusiasm for his subject shines through this delightful little book ... An insightful journey through the world of philosophy, offering up sayings from a captivating collection of prophets, thinkers and poets.”
– The Sunday Express
“Geary’s fascinating book takes us on a journey through the pithy sayings of some of the world’s most profound and amusing thinkers and wits, [providing] entertaining and informative commentary on figures ranging from Confucius to Dr. Seuss.”
– What’s On In London
“A fetching dictionary of quotations.”
– Scotland Sunday Herald
“Whimsical, humorous and a great book to leave beside the toilet.”
– The Daily Ireland