Wednesday, March 9, 2011

"Dance First. Think Later" ~ A Book Review

Dance First, Think Later

I love little books filled with inspirational quotes and anecdotes, I keep quite a few of them around the house.  I also buy them as gifts to encourage and inspire friends and family.  Kathyrn and Ross Petras  have written a few of these.  Their latest,  "Dance First.  Think Later."  618  Rules to Live By was just released by Workman Publishing.   As the title suggests, there are 618 clever quotes including the one by Samuel Beckett that inspired the title.

From cover to cover you will read little excerpts that remind us that life is meant to be enjoyed, and time can be short.  The sources are quite diverse .   Mother Teresa and Bo Diddley, Pythagorus and Erica Jong,  Alice Cooper and Charles Dickens.  There is an occasional racy offering so this would be best suited for the 18 and older crowd.

Some of my favorites:
  • Wherever you go, go with all your heart. ~ Confucius
  • The best way to cheer yourself up is to try and cheer somebody else up ~ Mark Twain
  • Sandwich every bit of criticism in between two heavy layers of praise ~ Mary Kay Ash
  • Reflect upon your present blessings - of which every man has many - not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. ~ Charles Dickens.
This 432 page paperback is available for $8.95 from Workman Publishing, and you can  buy it online or in bookstores.

From the website:
Timeless in their wisdom, thought-provoking in their message, surprising in their truth and memorable in their originality, the right words can give direction, inspiration, and sometimes a tangible boost onto the right path. For example, Steve Jobs once read “Stay hungry Stay foolish” on the back cover of The Whole Earth Catalog, and those four words came to guide his life.

Created by Kathryn and Ross Petras, connoisseurs of quotes, whose books and calendars have over 56 million copies in print, “Be Yourself. Everyone Else Is Already Taken” is a collection of the greatest life wisdom from an unexpected group of speakers, doers, and thinkers. There are 618 rules to live by—funny, sly, declarative, thoughtful, offhanded, clever, and always profound:

“Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.” —Roald Dahl

“If everything is under control, you are going too slow.” —Mario Andretti

“Never make a credit decision on a beach.”—Victor J. Boschini

“Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order.”—Samuel Beckett

“The only time to eat diet food is while waiting for the steak to cook.” —Julia Child

“What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight; build it anyway.” —Mother Teresa

And: “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.”—Oscar Wilde

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Thank you to Workman Publishing,  who kindly offered this book in return for my blogged review.  I was not compensated for this, and my opinions are genuine.