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- A thought is often original, though you have uttered it a hundred times.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894), The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table, 1858
- Now we sit through Shakespeare in order to recognize the quotations.
- Orson Welles (1915 - 1985)
- Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
- Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900), De Profundis, 1905
- 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, "The Intellectual Life"
- 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 (1647 - 1706), Dictionairre Historique et Critique
- 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 (1803 - 1882), Journal (May 1849)
- Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882), Letters and Social Aims (Quotation and Originality)
- The surest way to make a monkey of a man is to quote him.
- Robert Benchley (1889 - 1945)
- A quotation, like a pun, should come unsought, and then be welcomed only for some propriety of felicity justifying the intrusion.
- Robert Chapman
- A book of quotations . . . can never be complete.
- Robert M. Hamilton
- He wrapped himself in quotations- as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.
- Rudyard Kipling (1865 - 1936)
- Classical quotation is the parole of literary men all over the world.
- Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784), as quoted in Boswell's Life of Johnson (May 8th, 1781)
- Every quotation contributes something to the stability or enlargement of the language.
- Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)
- What is an epigram? A dwarfish whole, its body brevity, and wit its soul.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 - 1834)
- I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good.
- Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD)
- Famous remarks are very seldom quoted correctly.
- Simeon Strunsky (1879 - 1948), No Mean City (1944)
- 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 (1874 - 1965), quoted in Rudolf Flesch, ed., "The New Book of Unusual Quotations" (NY: Harper & Row, 1966), p. 311
- 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 (1874 - 1965), Roving Commission: My Early Life, 1930, Chapter 9
- A short saying oft contains much wisdom.
- Sophocles (496 BC - 406 BC)
- It is better to be quotable than to be honest.
- Tom Stoppard (1937 - )
- A witty saying proves nothing.
- Voltaire (1694 - 1778)
- She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit.
- W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)
- 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 (1908 - 1976)
- I didn't really say everything I said.
- Yogi Berra (1925 - )