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Quotations about Quotations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That which distinguishes us from the other animals is our ability to quote. ~ C. Astrid

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

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

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

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

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

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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