The QI Book Of Advanced Banter

The QI Book of Quotations

At QI we love a good quote almost as much as Samuel Johnson, who believed, 'Every quotation contributes something to the stability or enlargement of the English language.' At the very least, as Somerset Maugham noted, 'Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.' We plucked the best quotations from the pile that we'd been squirreling away, and that became Advanced Banter. 

The book contains memorable, funny, witty and profound quotes on more than 400 subjects - from artichokes to windows. Plus there’s a prologue from Stephen Fry himself, a proverb from Alan Davies and lots of intriguing background information on the people quoted. 

Press Clippings

Lloyd and Mitchinson...manage on every page an Oxford-and-Chambers-beating ratio of gems to duds when it comes to imperishable one-liners.

There has never been a collection like Advanced Banter. Look in vain for the obvious, the banal and the platitudinous... [it is] the Worcestershire sauce of conversation.

We came straight home and spent days flirting with one another. But enough now: I can resist no more. I turn the first page, full of envy. The first approach, a bold and pillow-free foreplay...

A book with perhaps the best title ever —If Ignorance Is Bliss, Why Aren't There More Happy People.
USA TODAY (referring to the US edition of Advanced Banter.)

P.G. WODEHOUSE (1881-1975)

If it were not for quotations, conversation between gentlemen would consist of an endless succession of 'what-hos!'.


STUDS TERKEL (1912-2008)

I always love to quote Albert Einstein because no-one dare contradict him.


My education was interrupted only by my schooling.