The value of quotations consists in their appositeness and their convenience. As the crystallized thought of great minds they are often needed to give authority to an idea, or to adorn it. Unless, however, they apply precisely their effect may be wide of the mark; and unless they may readily be found they are as useless as unmined gold. This handbook gives over fourteen hundred quotations from English and American poetry of the highest grade, and contains many of the finest lines of Shakespeare, Milton, Pope, Moore, Young, Cowper, Dryden, and Byron, and others of their times, together with those of Tennyson, Browning, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Long fellow, Lowell, Whittier, Emerson, and other modern poets. One hundred sixty-five authors are quoted, and the lines of each may be found by consulting the Index of Authors.