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Quotation, n.:  The act of repeating erroneously the words of another.  The words erroneously repeated.  ~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary


Most anthologists of quotations are like those who eat cherries or oysters:  first picking the best ones and winding up by eating everything.  ~Sebastien Roch Nicolas Chamfort, Maxims, 1825


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


I am fully conscious of the fact, that aphorisms are like wandering Gypsies.  They must always be published without guarantee of the authenticity.  ~Erkki Melartin


What is all wisdom save a collection of platitudes?  Take fifty of our current proverbial sayings - they are so trite, so threadbare, that we can hardly bring our lips to utter them.  Nonetheless they embody the concentrated experience of the race.  ~Norman Douglas


It's such a pleasure to write down splendid words - almost as though one were inventing them.  ~Rupert Hart-Davis


I suppose every old scholar has had the experience of reading something in a book which was significant to him, but which he could never find again.  Sure he is that he read it there, but no one else ever read it, nor can he find it again, though he buy the book and ransack every page.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Proverbs were bright shafts in the Greek and Latin quivers.  ~Benjamin Disraeli


Collecting quotations is an insidious, even embarrassing habit, like ragpicking or hoarding rocks or trying on other people's laundry.  I got into it originally while trying to break an addiction to candy.  I kicked candy and now seem to be stuck with quotations, which are attacking my brain instead of my teeth.  ~Robert Byrne, The Other 637 Best Things Anybody Ever Said, "Sources, References, and Notes," 1984


A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.  ~Miguel de Cervantes


The art of quotation requires more delicacy in the practice than those conceive who can see nothing more in a quotation than an extract.  ~Benjamin Disraeli


All maxims have their antagonist maxims; proverbs should be sold in pairs, a single one being but a half truth.  ~William Mathews


It is my belief that nearly any invented quotation, played with confidence, stands a good chance to deceive.  ~Mark Twain, Following the Equator


Now we sit through Shakespeare in order to recognize the quotations.  ~Orson Welles


Always verify your quotations.  ~Martin Joseph Routh, also sometimes quoted as "your references" or "your sources"


A fine quotation is a diamond on the finger of a witty person, but a pebble in the hands of a fool.  ~Author Unknown


I hate quotations.  Tell me what you know.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks, May 1849


A good aphorism is too hard for the tooth of time, and is not worn away with the centuries, although it serves as food for every speech.  ~Friedrich Nietzsche


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.  ~Winston Churchill, Roving Commission: My Early Life, 1930


Somewhere in the world there is an epigram for every dilemma.  ~Hendrik Willem van Loon


Most collectors collect tangibles.  As a quotation collector, I collect wisdom, life, invisible beauty, souls alive in ink.  ~T. Guillemets


The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages is preserved into perpetuity by a nation's proverbs, fables, folk sayings and quotations.  ~William Feather


Quotes are nothing but inspiration for the uninspired.  ~Richard Kemph


Anthologies of aphorisms are usually arranged according to themes.... This is not the best method for the aphorism, because it often has several themes and interpretations.  ~Markku Envall


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


In spite of his practical ability, some of his experience had petrified into maxims and quotations.  ~George Eliot


I quote others only in order the better to express myself.  ~Michel De Montaigne


Proverbs are mental gems gathered in the diamond districts of the mind.  ~William R. Alger


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


The hunter for aphorisms on human nature has to fish in muddy water, and he is even condemned to find much of his own mind.  ~Francis H. Bradley


I can only write in ounces
Not novels by the pound
Epigram and aphorism
Mine efficiently profound.
~Grey Livingston


The only way to read a book of aphorisms without being bored is to open it at random and, having found something that interests you, close the book and meditate.  ~Prince de Ligne


A picture, it is said, is worth a thousand words, but cannot a few well-spoken words convey as many pictures?  ~Author Unknown


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.  ~Marlene Dietrich


An epigram is only a wisecrack that's played Carnegie Hall.  ~Oscar Levant


People will accept your idea much more readily if you tell them Benjamin Franklin said it first.  ~David H. Comins


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


Our live experiences, fixed in aphorisms, stiffen into cold epigram.  Our heart's blood, as we write with it, turns to mere dull ink.  ~F.H. Bradley


Aphorism, n.:  Predigested wisdom.  ~Ambrose Bierce


He wrapped himself in quotations - as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.  ~Rudyard Kipling


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?  ~Philip G. Hamerton


An aphorism is never exactly true.
It is either a half-truth or a truth and a half.
~Karl Kraus, Sprüche und Widersprüche, 1909


Every son quotes his father, in words and in deeds.  ~D.H. Mondfleur


Aphorism, n.: A concise, clever statement you don't think of until too late.  ~James Alexander Thom


What are the proper proportions of a maxim?  A minimum of sound to a maximum of sense.  ~Mark Twain


If, with the literate, I am
Impelled to try an epigram,
I never seek to take the credit;
We all assume that Oscar said it.
~Dorothy Parker, referring to Oscar Wilde


A proper collection of quotations is the whole world digested.  ~Emma Racine deFleur


The aphorism is cultivated only by those who have known fear in the midst of words, that fear of collapsing with all the words.  ~E.M. Cioran


The excellence of aphorisms consists not so much in the expression of some rare or abstruse sentiment, as in the comprehension of some useful truth in few words.  ~Samuel Johnson


Epigrams succeed where epics fail.  ~Author Unknown


I might repeat to myself, slowly and soothingly, a list of quotations beautiful from minds profound; if I can remember any of the damned things.  ~Dorothy Parker


The quoting of an aphorism, like the angry barking of a dog or the smell of overcooked broccoli, rarely indicates that something helpful is about to happen.  ~Lemony Snicket


I have laboriously collected this cento out of diverse writers.  I have wronged no authors but given every man his own.... Bees do little harm and damage no one in extracting honey; I can say of myself, whom have I injured?  The matter is theirs most part, and yet mine.... it becomes something different in its new setting.  ~Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy


Unraveling proverbs is a suitable puzzle for an old man.  I put pieces in order and build up a kind of Utopian castle.  ~Matti Kuusi


Some for renown, on scraps of learning dote,
And think they grow immortal as they quote.
~Edward Young, Love of Fame


The power of quotation is as dreadful a weapon as any which the human intellect can forge.  ~John Jay Chapman


Few of the many wise apothegms which have been uttered have prevented a single foolish action.  ~Thomas Babington Macaulay


In the mountains the shortest route is from peak to peak but for that you must have long legs.  Aphorisms should be peaks, and those to whom they are addressed should be big and tall of stature.  ~Friedrich Nietzsche


It's a strange world of language in which skating on thin ice can get you into hot water.  ~Franklin P. Jones


Let's have some new cliches.  ~Samuel Goldwyn


A proverb is the wisdom of many and the wit of one.  ~Lord John Russell


That which distinguishes us from the other animals is our ability to quote.  ~C. Astrid Weber, a little fun based on the Pierre Beaumarchais quotation "Drinking when we are not thirsty and making love at any time, madam, is all that distinguishes us from the other animals."


But as young men, when they knit and shape perfectly, do seldom grow to a further stature, so knowledge, while it is in aphorisms and observations, it is in growth; but when it once is comprehended in exact methods, it may, perchance, be further polished, and illustrate and accommodated for use and practice, but it increaseth no more in bulk and substance.  ~Francis Bacon, The Advancement of Learning


What is an Epigram? a dwarfish whole,
Its body brevity, and wit its soul.
~Samuel Taylor Coleridge


Precepts or maxims are of great weight; and a few useful ones at hand do more toward a happy life than whole volumes that we know not where to find.  ~Seneca


It is the little writer rather than the great writer who seems never to quote, and the reason is that he is never really doing anything else.  ~Havelock Ellis


When a thing has been said and said well, have no scruple.  Take it and copy it.  ~Anatole France


I swim across a sea of quotes, splashing in the words and riding the waves of wisdom.  ~T. Guillemets


Classical quotation is a parole of literary men all over the world.  ~Samuel Johnson


Proverbs generalize the verdicts of the world.  ~Drew Sirtors


Epigram and truth are rarely commensurate.  Truth has to get somewhat chiseled, as it were, before it will fit into an epigram.  ~Joseph Farrell


In the dying world I come from quotation is a national vice.  It used to be the classics, now it's lyric verse.  ~Evelyn Waugh, The Loved One, 1948


The maxims of men disclose their hearts.  ~French Proverb


Proverbs often contradict one another, as any reader soon discovers.  The sagacity that advises us to look before we leap promptly warns us that if we hesitate we are lost; that absence makes the heart grow fonder, but out of sight, out of mind.  ~Leo Rosten


To me, novels are just quotations with a bunch of filler.  ~T. Guillemets


I have heard that nothing gives an Author so great Pleasure, as to find his Works respectfully quoted by other learned Authors.  ~Benjamin Franklin, "Preface," Poor Richard Improved, wording verified by Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations


Patch grief with proverbs.  ~William Shakespeare


Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.  ~Santayana, Essays


Quotations can be a comedy or a drama, tell of the whole world or just a small portion of it.  ~Daisey Verlaef


The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement.  But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.  ~Niels Bohr


But I have long thought that if you knew a column of advertisements by heart, you could achieve unexpected felicities with them.  You can get a happy quotation anywhere if you have the eye.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.


All of us encounter, at least once in our life, some individual who utters words that make us think forever.  There are men whose phrases are oracles; who can condense in one sentence the secrets of life; who blurt out an aphorism that forms a character, or illustrates an existence.  ~Benjamin Disraeli


Proverbs are always platitudes until you have personally experienced the truth of them.  ~Aldous Huxley


Platitude:  an idea (a) that is admitted to be true by everyone, and (b) that is not true.  ~H.L. Mencken


One has to secrete a jelly in which to slip quotations down people's throats and one always secretes too much jelly.  ~Virginia Woolf


God may be said to be a quotational beast but he spells his maxims with feelings, not with letters and words.  ~The Quote Garden


There are aphorisms that, like air planes, stay up only while they are in motion.  ~Vladimir Nabokov


Misquotations are the only quotations that are never misquoted.  ~Hesketh Pearson


By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Someone might say of me that I have only made a bouquet of other people's flowers here, having supplied nothing of my own but the thread to bind them.  ~Michel de Montaigne


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