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There are two kinds of marriages -- where the husband quotes the wife and where the wife quotes the husband.

Author: Clifford Odets (1906-1963)

Profession: American Playwright, Actor

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

Author: Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866)

Profession: British Author

Misquotation is, in fact, the pride and privilege of the learned. A widely-read man never quotes accurately, for the rather obvious reason that he has read too widely.

Author: Hesketh Pearson (1887-1964)

Profession: British Biographer

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

Author: James Ramsey


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

Author: Joseph Roux (1834-1905)

Profession: French Priest, Writer

In quoting of books, quote such authors as are usually read; others you may read for your own satisfaction, but not name them.

Author: John Selden (1584-1654)

Profession: British Jurist, Statesman

I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good.

Author: Seneca (4 B.C. 65 A.D.)

Profession: Spanish-born Roman Statesman, philosopher

I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.

Author: George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Profession: Irish-born British Dramatist

The proverb answers where the sermon fails, as a well-charged pistol will do more execution than a whole barrel of gunpowder idly exploded in the air.

Author: William Gilmore Simms (1806-1870)

Profession: American Author

To be occasionally quoted is the only fame I care for.

Author: Alexander Smith (1830-1867)

Profession: Scottish Poet, Author

The habit some writers indulge in of perpetual quotation is one it behooves lovers of good literature to protest against, for it is an insidious habit which in the end must cloud the stream of thought, or at least check spontaneity. If it be true that le style c'est l homme, what is likely to happen if l homme is for ever eking out his own personality with that of some other individual?

Author: Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944)

Profession: British Composer, Feminist

Though collecting quotations could be considered as merely an ironic mimetism -- victimless collecting, as it were... in a world that is well on its way to becoming one vast quarry, the collector becomes someone engaged in a pious work of salvage. The course of modern history having already sapped the traditions and shattered the living wholes in which precious objects once found their place, the collector may now in good conscience go about excavating the choicer, more emblematic fragments.

Author: Susan Sontag (1933)

Profession: American Essayist

It is better to be quotable than to be honest.

Author: Tom Stoppard (1937)

Profession: Czech Playwright

Famous remarks are very seldom quoted correctly.

Author: Simeon Strunsky


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

Author: The Talmud

Profession: Jewish Archive of Oral Tradition