Today, Thursday 10th September, sees the UK publication of the new, seventh edition of The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, edited by Elizabeth Knowles.
To celebrate, OUP have teamed up with Waterstone’s to conduct a national poll asking what Britain’s favourite memorable quotation is. Below is a selection of the thirty quotes you can choose from, as well as details about how to take part.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men…
1940s and 50s
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.
The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.
L. P. Hartley
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged on the colour of their skin
Martin Luther King
The Answer to the Great Question Of…Life, the Universe and Everything…
1980s and 1990s
There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded
Diana, Princess of Wales
I’ll have what she’s having
When Harry Met Sally, Nora Ephron
We have not found any smoking guns
The arc of history is long but it bends towards justice
British readers can vote in the poll via the Waterstone’s website, and Waterstone’s loyalty card holders are also able to enter a prize draw to win a luxury stay in Oxford. So, what’s your favourite quotation? Tell us below.