By Kathryn & Ross Petras, Workman Publishing,$8.95, 425 pages

10“Laugh at yourself first before anyone else can.” – Elsa Maxwell

The perfectly succinct, handy, motivating book; Dance First. Think Later. by Kathryn and Ross Petras offers an overabundance of inspirational quotes from the most renowned people on earth allowing the reader to submerge themselves in thought-provoking contemplation. How about, “Things are almost never clear on Wall Street, or when they are, then it’s too late to profit from them.” – Peter Lynch. Or, “Believe in this world – that there is meaning behind everything.” – Vivekananda. “Be thankful for what you have; if you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey. Sound advice? Maybe, but each person gets what they need from this nearly-pocket-sized treasure. If you are open to encouragement in small doses, or your work requires you to be upbeat and cheerful, your life will be inspired and this is for you. You can’t go wrong with quotes from people of great success in their own lives.

Reviewed by M. Chris Johnson,