Bergen Evans

American lexicographer

Bergen Evans (September 19, 1904 – February 4, 1978) , U.S. lexicographer and educator. Evans was an English professor who became the master of ceremonies for the $64,000 Question and wrote Word A Day Vocabulary Builder (1963). He also wrote Dictionary of Quotations, a quote book annotated with witty and illustrative comments on the quotes by Evans, himself.

Evans in 1954


  • [Thanatopsis] was written in 1817, when Bryant was 23. Had he died then, the world would have thought it had lost a great poet. But he lived on.
    • Dictionary of Quotations.
  • Freedom of speech and freedom of action are meaningless without freedom to think. And there is no freedom of thought without doubt.
    • The Natural History of Nonsense XIX.
  • We may be through with the past, but the past is not through with us.
    • The Natural History of Nonsense.
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