Ernest Klein - A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary Of The English Language

Klein, Ernest. A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary Of The English Language. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science, 1971.
“May this dictionary, which plastically shows the affinity and interrelationship of the nations of the world in the way in which their languages developed, contribute to bringing them nearer to one another in the sincere pursuit of peace on earth – which was one of my cardinal aims in writing this dictionary.”

“What the elements are to chemistry, what the sounds are to music, are words to language. However, words are not only the elements of a language but also of the history of the people speaking it.”

“This dictionary is the first attempt to give the history of human civilization and culture condensed in the etymological data of words. We not only speak but think and even dream in words. Language is a mirror in which the whole spiritual development of mankind reflects itself. Therefore, in tracing words to their origin, we are tracing simultaneously civilization and culture to their real roots.”