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One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well.

Author: Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888)

Profession: American Educator, Social Reformer

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

Author: William R. Alger (1822-1905)

Profession: American Writer

Quotes from Mao, Castro, and Che Guevara... are as germane to our highly technological, computerized society as a stagecoach on a jet runway at Kennedy airport.

Author: Saul Alinsky (1909-1972)

Profession: American Radical Activist

When one begins to live by habit and by quotation, one has begun to stop living.

Author: James Baldwin (1924-1987)

Profession: American Author

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

Author: Robert Benchley (1889-1945)

Profession: American Humorist, Critic, Parodist

Quotations in my work are like wayside robbers who leap out armed and relieve the stroller of his conviction.

Author: Walter Benjamin (1982-1940)

Profession: German Critic, Philosopher

The act of repeating erroneously the words of another.

Author: Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Profession: American Author, Editor, Journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary"

Life itself is a quotation.

Author: Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986)

Profession: Argentinean Author

Next to being witty yourself, the best thing is being able to quote another's wit.

Author: Christian Nevell Bovee (1820-1904)

Profession: American Author, Lawyer

I pick my favorite quotation and store them in my mind as ready armor, offensive or defensive, amid the struggle of this turbulent existence.

Author: Robert Burns (1759-1796)

Profession: Scottish Poet

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!

Author: Cao Xueqin (1715-1763)

Profession: Chinese Writer

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

Author: Robert Chapman


It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read a book of quotations.

Author: Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

Why are not more gems from our great authors scattered over the country? Great books are not in everybody's reach; and though it is better to know them thoroughly than to know them only here and there, yet it is a good work to give a little to those who have not the time nor means to get more.

Author: Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Profession: British Poet, Critic, Philosopher

That is the point of quotations. One can use another's words to be insulting.

Author: Amanda Cross