Published: 4 March 2010
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 224 pages
Should You Judge This Book By Its Cover?
100 Fresh Takes On Familiar Sayings And Quotations
Another rapid-fire selection of short, stimulating and entertaining capsules of philosophy from the master of the genre. This time Baggini applies his philosophical scalpel to famous sayings, proverbs and pieces of homespun wisdom. Should you really do as the Romans do when in Rome and practise what you preach? Is the grass always in fact greener on the other side of the fence, and is there ever smoke without fire? Is beauty always in the eye of the beholder and is it actually better to be safe than sorry? Baggini's approach is as witty and deeply thought-provoking as ever.
‘An entertaining and engaging look at the everyday phrases and aphorisms embedded in our language. Baggini explores the real meaning behind 100 familiar sayings and questions whether the wisdom is still relevant today ... This book encourages you to choose your words wisely and suggests that "a little learning" is not a dangerous thing’
‘Baggini is good and witty on our contemporary misuse of proverbs’ Steve Poole
‘Baggini makes some compelling arguments’ Will Metcalfe
‘The always enjoyable author of The Pig That Wants To Be Eaten applies his "philosophical scalpel" to famous sayings, proverbs and homespun wisdom’ Caroline Sanderson