June/july 1984 | Volume 35, Issue 4
To remedy this amnesia, to help preserve the best that has been thought and said, and to serve as a useful addition to your library, the editors of this magazine are now preparing an ambitious volume to be called The American Heritage Book of American Quotations . Not only will you be able to find the most memorable words of or about America and Americans in it—including the great documents of the republic—you will also be able to look up quotations on very specific places, occupations, personalities, incidents, and landmarks. The subject matter will range from Detroit to Dred Scott, steamboats to Chicago, Barry Goldwater to gold mining, as well as the Grand Canyon, Thomas Alva Edison, the battle of Antietam, and the Crash of 1929. If all that we hope for the book comes to pass, it will not only become a standard reference, it should be a book that will be browsed through and read for its own sake.
While the work is still in progress, we’d like to invite our readers to contribute to it. If you send any number of your favorite quotations to us—with the exact source, of course—they will be considered for inclusion. Address your entries to QUOTATIONS , American Heritage, 10 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020. They should arrive in our office no later than August 15, 1984. Because of the nature of such an open call, we will not be able to correspond with you about submissions, nor can we return the entries. Nor will there be any reward other than the possibility that the quotation that is nearest, dearest, saddest, funniest or that simply says it all to you—about any aspect of life in America—will be in the finished book. Is that reward enough? Well, as Emerson also wrote, “Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it. ”