Quotations quotes

A book of quotations . . . can never be complete.

- Robert M. Hamilton

People who like quotations love meaningless generalizations.

- Graham Greene

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 Guiney

A fine quotation is a diamond on the finger of a man of wit, and a pebble in the hand of a fool.

- Joseph Roux

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

Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it. I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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.

- Pearson, Hesketh

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

- Rudyard Kipling

I hate quotations.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

People will accept your ideas much more readily if you tell them Benjamin Franklin said it first.

- David H. Comins

Fidelity to the subject's thought and to his characteristic way of expressing himself is the sine qua non of journalistic quotation.

- Malcolm, Janet

What's the use of a good quotation if you can't change it?

- Doctor Who

Misquotations are the only quotations that are never misquoted.

- Hesketh Pearson

Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

In quoting of books, quote such authors as are usually read; others you may read for your own satisfaction, but not name them.

- Selden, John

Our best thoughts come from others.

- Emerson, Ralph Waldo

He presents me with what is always an acceptable gift who brings me news of a great thought before unknown. He enriches me without impoverishing himself.

- Emerson, Ralph Waldo

A book that furnishes no quotations is no book -- it is a plaything.

- Peacock, Thomas Love

A book that furnishes no quotations is, me judice, no book—it is a plaything.

- Thomas Love Peacock

Though collecting quotations could be considered as merely an ironic mimetism -- victimless collecting, as it were... in a world that is well on its way to becoming one vast quarry, the collector becomes someone engaged in a pious work of salvage. The course of modern history having already sapped the traditions and shattered the living wholes in which precious objects once found their place, the collector may now in good conscience go about excavating the choicer, more emblematic fragments.

- Sontag, Susan

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