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Quotations (such as have point and lack triteness) from the great old authors are an act of reverence on the part of the quoter, and a blessing to a public grown superficial and external. - Louise Imogen Guiney

Quotations offer one kind of break in what the eye can see, the ear can hear. - Ihab Hassan

He is a benefactor of mankind who contracts the great rules of life into short sentences, that may be easily impressed on the memory, and so recur habitually to the mind. - Samuel Johnson

The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit. - W. Somerset Maugham

There are two kinds of marriages -- where the husband quotes the wife and where the wife quotes the husband. - Clifford Odets

Misquotation is, in fact, the pride and privilege of the learned. A widely-read man never quotes accurately, for the rather obvious reason that he has read too widely. - Hesketh Pearson

Apothegms to thinking minds are the seeds from which spring vast fields of new thought, that may be further cultivated, beautified, and enlarged. - James Ramsey

A fine quotation is a diamond in the hand of a man of wit and a pebble in the hand of a fool. - Joseph Roux

Famous remarks are very seldom quoted correctly. - Simeon Strunsky

A quotation at the right moment is like bread to the famished. - The Talmud

A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought. - Lord Peter Wimsey

In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you. - Mortimer J. Adler

One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well. - Amos Bronson Alcott

Quotes from Mao, Castro, and Che Guevara... are as germane to our highly technological, computerized society as a stagecoach on a jet runway at Kennedy airport. - Saul Alinsky

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

I must claim the quoter's privilege of giving only as much of the text as will suit my purpose, said Tan-Chun. If I told you how it went on, I should end up by contradicting myself! - Cao Xueqin

A quotation, like a pun, should come unsought, and then be welcomed only for some propriety of felicity justifying the intrusion. - Robert Chapman

It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read a book of quotations. - Winston Churchill

That is the point of quotations. One can use another's words to be insulting. - Amanda Cross

I hate quotations. Tell me what you know. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The adventitious beauty of poetry may be felt in the greater delight with a verse given in a happy quotation than in the poem. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

I think we must quote whenever we feel that the allusion is interesting or helpful or amusing. - Cliff Fadiman

Quotation... A writer expresses himself in words that have been used before because they give his meaning better than he can give it himself, or because they are beautiful or witty, or because he expects them to touch a cord of association in his reader, or because he wishes to show that he is learned and well read. Quotations due to the last motive are invariably ill-advised; the discerning reader detects it and is contemptuous; the undiscerning is perhaps impressed, but even then is at the same time repelled, pretentious quotations being the surest road to tedium. - Henry W. Fowler

Stronger than an army is a quotation whose time has come. - W. I. E. Gates


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