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I improve on misquotation.

Author: Cary Grant (1904-1986)

Profession: British-born American Actor

Quotations (such as have point and lack triteness) from the great old authors are an act of reverence on the part of the quoter, and a blessing to a public grown superficial and external.

Author: Louise Imogen Guiney


Quotations offer one kind of break in what the eye can see, the ear can hear.

Author: Ihab Hassan (1925)

Profession: American Critic

We rarely quote nowadays to appeal to authority... though we quote sometimes to display our sapience and erudition. Some authors we quote against. Some we quote not at all, offering them our scrupulous avoidance, and so make them part of our ''white mythology.'' Other authors we constantly invoke, chanting their names in cerebral rituals of propitiation or ancestor worship.

Author: Ihab Hassan (1925)

Profession: American Critic

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

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

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.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

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

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

He wrapped himself in quotations -- as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.

Author: Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Profession: British Author of Prose, Verse

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

Author: Janet Malcolm (1934)

Profession: American Author

Be careful -- with quotations, you can damn anything.

Author: Andre Malraux (1901-1976)

Profession: French Statesman, Novelist

The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.

Author: W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Profession: British Novelist, Playwright

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

Author: H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)

Profession: American Editor, Author, Critic, Humorist

I quote others in order to better express myself.

Author: Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592)

Profession: French Philosopher, Essayist

The essence of a quote is the compression of a mass of thought and observation into a single saying.

Author: John Morely


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.

Author: Peggy Noonan (1950)

Profession: American Author, Presidential Speechwriter