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

A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought.

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

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

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

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

Ah, yes, I wrote the ''Purple Cow'' — I'm sorry, now, I wrote it! But I can tell you, anyhow, I'll kill you if you quote it.

Anecdotes and maxims are rich treasures to the man of the world, for he knows how to introduce the former at fit place in conversation.

Apothegms are portable wisdom, the quintessential extracts of thought and feelings.

Apothegms to thinking minds are the seeds from which spring vast fields of new thought, that may be further cultivated, beautified, and enlarged.

Be careful — with quotations, you can damn anything.

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

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

Everything has been thought of before, but the problem is to think of it again.

Everything of importance has been said before by somebody who did not discover it.

Famous remarks are very seldom quoted correctly.

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

Great speeches have always had great soundbites. The problem now is that the young technicians who put together speeches are paying attention only to the soundbite, not to the text as a whole, not realizing that all great soundbites happen by accident, which is to say, all great soundbites are yielded up inevitably, as part of the natural expression of the text. They are part of the tapestry, they aren't a little flower somebody sewed on.

He is a benefactor of mankind who contracts the great rules of life into short sentences, that may be easily impressed on the memory, and so recur habitually to the mind.

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.

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