"It is with books as with men: a very small number play a great part."
If you're a public speaker, speechwriter, student or just looking for some new catchy phrases, this book will definitely "play a great part." Full of great quotes (like the one above), jokes and sayings, AND I QUOTE covers almost every topic imaginable. From the traditional subjects of love, failure and wisdom to the modern issues of abortion, drugs and psychotherapy, this book has it all. And no matter what angle you're speaking from, you'll find an appropriate quote from the wide selection available.
The book is well organized and easy to navigate, which makes it an excellent reference. There are reference lists --- listed both alphabetically and by subject --- in the front of the book, which makes looking up quotes quick and easy. The book is divided into six main topics, which are divided further into subtopics and then into specific issues. Each separate issue has well-labeled sections of "quotes", "sayings" and "jokes".
However, the authors have included an added bonus: speech-writing tips! After all, what good is a book of quotes if you don't know how and when to use them? The introduction of AND I QUOTE highlights the dos and don'ts of public speaking and explains when quotes and jokes are appropriate. Even the most experienced speechwriter will find this section useful.
The only thing worse than losing your audience is never having one. AND I QUOTE will make sure that you not only grab your audience's attention, but keep it as well.
Reviewed by Melissa Brown on January 20, 2011