H.L. Mencken, A New Dictionary of Quotations on Historical Principles from Ancient and Modern Sources. Published in 1942 and still in print, this million-word behemoth, organized by topic instead of author, is wrongly remembered for its eccentricities, including a suspiciously extensive selection of nasty remarks about Jews and an assortment of anonymous “proverbs” that sound as though they came straight from the mouth of the editor himself. In fact, Mencken’s New Dictionary contains a vast number of well-chosen, precisely attributed quotations on every imaginable subject, ranging widely among both familiar and obscure sources. It’s that rarity of rarities, a reference book with a personality, and the passage of time has done little to diminish its usefulness–or charm (TT).