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Every quotation contributes something to the stability or enlargement of the language.

Samuel Johnson

The great writers of aphorisms read as if they had all known each other well.

Elias Canetti, The Human Province

Doubts can only exist if there is a question; and to question there must be an answer.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Quotations will tell the full measure of meaning, if you have enough of them.

James Murray

We are as much informed of a writer's genius by what he selects as by what he originates.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Maybe our favorite quotations say more about us than about the stories and people we're quoting.

John Green

Some lines are born quotations, some are made quotations, and some have "quotation" thrust upon them.

Gary Saul Morson, The Words of Others

The ancients, who in these matters were not perhaps such blockheads as some may conceive, considered poetical quotation as one of the requisite ornaments of oratory.

Isaac D'Israeli, Quotation

Most of those who make collections of verse or epigram are like men eating cherries or oysters: they choose out the best at first, and end by eating all.

Sébastien-Roch Nicolas

Whatever we think and say is wonderfully better for our spirits and trust in another mouth.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Quotation and Originality

You could compile, I should think, the worst book in the world entirely out of selecting passages from the best writers in the world.

G.K. Chesterton, On Writing Badly

A good conversationalist is not one who remembers what was said, but says what someone wants to remember.

John Mason Brown

I notice that as soon as writers broach this question they begin to quote. I hate quotation. Tell me what you know.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

If the grain were separated from the chaff which fills the Works of our National Poets, what is truly valuable would be to what is useless in the proportion of a mole-hill to a mountain.

Edmund Burke

There are but few proverbial sayings that are not true, for they are all drawn from experience itself, which is the mother of all sciences.

Miguel de Cervantes

To quote copiously and well, requires taste, judgment, and erudition, a feeling for the beautiful, an appreciation of the noble, and a sense of the profound.

Christian Nestell Bovee

He wrapped himself in quotations, as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.

Rudyard Kipling

They have written volumes out of which a couplet of verse, a period in prose, may cling to the rock of ages, as a shell that survives a deluge.

Edward Bulwer Lytton

The multiplicity of facts and writings is become so great that every thing must soon be reduced to extracts and dictionaries.


It is my belief that nearly any invented quotation, played with confidence, stands a good chance to deceive.

Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens)f you have enough of them.

It is bad enough to see one's own good things fathered on other people, but it is worse to have other people's rubbish fathered upon oneself.

Samuel Butler

Whatever sentence will bear to be read twice, we may be sure was thought twice.

Henry David Thoreau

I have gathered a posie of other men's flowers, and nothing but the thread that binds them is mine own.

John Bartlett

I'll tell you something. I'd rather say something that people would quote as a great line that I thought of than win an Oscar.

Jerry Seinfeld

Quotation, n.: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another. The words erroneously repeated.

Ambrose Bierce

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I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A book of quotations, can never be complete.

Robert M. Hamilton

One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well.

A. Bronson Alcott

Let's have some new cliches.

Samuel Goldwyn

Life itself is a quotation.

Jorge Luis Borges

Few maxims are true in every respect.


The surest way to make a monkey of a man is to quote him.

Robert Benchley

The platitude turned on its head is still a platitude.

Norman Mailer

I often quote myself, it adds spice to my conversation.

George Bernard Shaw

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A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.


Misquotations are the only quotations that are never misquoted.

Hesketh Pearson

I quote others only in order the better to express myself.

Michel de Montaigne

By necessity, by proclivity-- and by delight, we all quote.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Quotations and Originality

A quotation at the right moment is like bread in a famine.

The Talmud

Misquotations are the only quotations that are never misquoted.

Hesketh Pearson
I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself.
I might repeat to myself, slowly and soothingly, a list of quotations beautiful from minds profound; if I can remember any of the damn things.
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations... The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.
A wholesome regard for the memory of the great men of long ago is the best assurance to a people of a continuation of great men to come, who shall be able to instruct, to lead, and to inspire. A people who worship at the shrine of true greatness will themselves be truly great.
I've come to find that no matter how stressed my day--a little coacing from my collection of quotes can always help give me a confidence boost--that spark of radiance that shines from within.
Have you ever observed that we pay much more attention to a wise passage when it is quoted, than when we read it in the original author?

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