Selected Quotes about Quotations

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

It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims. -- Aristotle

Aphorisms are essentially an aristocratic genre of writing. The aphorist does not argue or explain, he asserts; and implicit in his assertion is a conviction that he is wiser and more intelligent than his readers. -- W. H. Auden

There is not less wit nor less invention in applying rightly a thought one finds in a book, than in being the first author of that thought. -- Pierre Bayle

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

I didn't really say everything I said. -- Yogi Berra

Quotation, n: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another. -- Ambrose Bierce

One whom it is easier to hate, but still easier to quote--Alexander Pope. -- Augustine Birrell

Life itself is a quotation. -- Jorge Luis Borges

Reading any collection of a man's quotations is like eating the ingredients that go into a stew instead of cooking them together in the pot. You eat all the carrots, then all the potatoes, then the meat. You won't go away hungry, but it's not quite satisfying. Only a biography, or autobiography, gives you the hot meal. -- Christopher Buckley

I pick my favourite quotations and store them in my mind as ready armour, offensive or defensive, amid the struggle of this turbulent existence. -- Robert Burns

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

I am reminded of the professor who, in his declining hours, was asked by his devoted pupils for his final counsel. He replied, 'Verify your quotations.' -- Sir Winston Churchill

It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. Bartlett's Familiar Quotations is an admirable work, and I studied it intently. The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more. -- Sir Winston Churchill

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

I am reminded of the professor who, in his declining hours, was asked by his devoted pupils for his final counsel. He replied, 'Verify your quotations.' -- Sir Winston Churchill

What is an epigram? A dwarfish whole, its body brevity, and wit its soul. -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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

The point of quotations is that one can use another's words to be insulting. -- Amanda Cross

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

I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognizably wiser than oneself. -- Marlene Dietrich

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

The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation. -- Benjamin Disraeli

The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotations. -- Isaac D'Israeli

Immortality. 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

Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

All minds quote. Old and new make the warp and woof of every moment. There is no thread that is not a twist of these two strands. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote. In fact, it is as difficult to appropriate the thoughts of others as it is to invent. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Stay at home in your mind. Don't recite other people's opinions. I hate quotations. Tell me what you know. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The next thing to saying a good thing yourself, is to quote one. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

A quotation in a speech, article or book is like a rifle in the hands of an infantryman. It speaks with authority. -- Brendan Francis

If you have any doubts that we live in a society controlled by men, try reading down the index of contributors to a volume of quotations, looking for women's names. -- Elaine Gill

I improve on misquotation. -- Cary Grant

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

But theological change happens though selective quoting. Every religious person does it: You quote those verses that resonate with your own religious insights and ignore or reinterpret those that undermine your certainties. Selective quoting isn't just legitimate, but essential: Religions evolve through shifts in selective quoting. -- Yossi Klein Halevi

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

A book of quotations . . . can never be complete. -- Robert M. Hamilton

Wise sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is never thrown away. -- Sir Arthur Helps

A thought is often original, though you have uttered it a hundred times. -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

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

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

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

Be careful -- with quotations, you can damn anything. -- Andre Malraux

Quote me as saying I was mis-quoted. -- Groucho Marx

She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit. -- W. Somerset Maugham

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

After all, all he did was string together a lot of old, well-known quotations. -- H. L. Mencken

To be amused by what you read--that is the great spring of happy quotations. -- C. E. Montague

I quote others only in order the better to express myself. -- Michel de Montaigne

I never have found the perfect quote. At best I have been able to find a string of quotations which merely circle the ineffable idea I seek to express. -- Caldwell O'Keefe

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. -- Dorothy Parker

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

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

The next best thing to being clever is being able to quote someone who is. -- Mary Pettibone Poole

The American people would not want to know of any misquotes that Dan Quayle may or may not make. -- Dan Quayle

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

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

A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought. -- Dorothy L. Sayers

I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good. -- Seneca

I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation. -- George Bernard Shaw

I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation. -- George Bernard Shaw

A short saying often contains much wisdom. -- Sophocles

A short saying oft contains much wisdom. -- Sophocles

It is better to be quotable than to be honest. -- Tom Stoppard

Famous remarks are very seldom quoted correctly. -- Simeon Strunsky

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

What a good thing Adam had. When he said a good thing he knew nobody had said it before. -- Mark Twain

A witty saying proves nothing. -- Voltaire

A witty saying proves nothing. -- Voltaire

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

An epigram often flashes light into regions where reason shines but dimly. -- Edwin P. Whipple

Everything of importance has been said before by somebody who did not discover it. -- Alfred North Whitehead

I have suffered a great deal from writers who have quoted this or that sentence of mine either out of its context or in juxtaposition to some incongruous matter which quite distorted my meaning , or destroyed it altogether. -- Alfred North Whitehead

I have suffered a great deal from writers who have quoted this or that sentence of mine either out of its context or in juxtaposition to some incongruous matter which quite distorted my meaning , or destroyed it altogether. -- Alfred North Whitehead

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

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation. -- Oscar Wilde

When, however, one reads of a witch being ducked, of a woman possessed by devils, of a wise woman selling herbs, or even a very remarkable man who had a mother, then I think we are on the track of a lost novelist, a suppressed poet. . . indeed, I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman. -- Virginia Woolf

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

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