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Too much traffic with a quotation book begets a conviction of ignorance in a sensitive reader. Not only is there a mass of quotable stuff he never quotes, but an even vaster realm of which he has never heard.

Author: Robertson Davies (1913)

Profession: Canadian Novelist, Journalist

Quotations are useful in periods of ignorance or obscurantist beliefs.

Author: Guy Debord (1931)

Profession: French Philosopher

When we would prepare the mind by a forcible appeal, and opening quotation is a symphony precluding on the chords those tones we are about to harmonize.

Author: Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

The adventitious beauty of poetry may be felt in the greater delight with a verse given in a happy quotation than in the poem.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

The next best thing to saying a good thing yourself, is to quote one.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

The profoundest thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until an equal mind and heart finds and publishes it.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it. Many will read the book before one thinks of quoting a passage. As soon as he has done this, that line will be quoted east and west.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

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.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Our best thoughts come from others.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

I think we must quote whenever we feel that the allusion is interesting or helpful or amusing.

Author: Cliff Fadiman

Profession: American Writer

Quotation... A writer expresses himself in words that have been used before because they give his meaning better than he can give it himself, or because they are beautiful or witty, or because he expects them to touch a cord of association in his reader, or because he wishes to show that he is learned and well read. Quotations due to the last motive are invariably ill-advised; the discerning reader detects it and is contemptuous; the undiscerning is perhaps impressed, but even then is at the same time repelled, pretentious quotations being the surest road to tedium.

Author: Henry W. Fowler (1859-1933)

Profession: British Lexicographer

Stronger than an army is a quotation whose time has come.

Author: W. I. E. Gates

Profession:

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.

Author: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)

Profession: German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

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

Author: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)

Profession: German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist