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Quotes On Quotations
Ageless Wisdom


“One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well.” —A. Bronson Alcott

“Like your body your mind also gets tired, so refresh it by wise sayings.” —Hazrat Ali

“An epigram is a flashlight of a truth; a witticism, truth laughing at itself.” —Minna Antrim

“It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims.” —Aristotle

“Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing.”
—Robert Benchley

“Just as every generation has its style of utterance, so each has its own style of quotation.”
—Daniel J. Boorstin

“Life itself is a quotation.” —Jorge Luis Borges

“I don’t want to be quoted, and don’t quote that I don’t want to be quoted.”
—Winston Burdett

“Fine words are less filling than moonbeams.” —James Branch Cabell

“Most anthologists of quotations are like those who eat cherries or oysters,
first picking the best and ending by eating everything.”
—Nicolas Chamfort

“The power of quotation is as dreadful a weapon
as any which the human intellect can forge.”
—John Jay Chapman

“Quotations are a distillation of wit and thought imposed by the brevity of the form.”
—James Charlton

“It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.” —Winston Churchill

“Once at home in high society, the aphorism now lives where it can.” —Mason Cooley

“The art of the quoter is to know when to stop.” —Robertson Davies

“I quote others only in order to better express myself.” —Michel de Montaigne

“I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have,
beautifully expressed with much authority by someone wiser than oneself.”
—Marlene Dietrich

“One original thought is worth a thousand mindless quotings.”
—Diogenes

“The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages
are perpetuated by quotations.”
—Benjamin Disraeli

“The everlasting quotation-lover dotes on the husks of learning.” —Maria Edgeworth

“By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

“‘The best words in the best order’ is the object of all quotations.” —Robert I. Fitzhenry

“When a thing has been said and well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.”
—Anatole France

“A quotation in a speech, article or book
is like a rifle in the hands of an infantryman.
It speaks with authority.”
—Brendan Francis

“It is a fool’s prerogative to utter truths that no one else will speak.” —Neil Gaiman

“I improve on misquotation.” —Cary Grant

“Most collectors collect tangibles.
As a quotation collector,
I collect wisdom, life, invisible beauty, souls alive in ink.”
—Terri Guillemets

“Every quotation contributes something to the stability or enlargement of the language.”
—Samuel Johnson

“The words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels.” —Hazrat Khan

“He wrapped himself in quotations
as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.”
—Rudyard Kipling

Someone who can write aphorisms
should not fritter away his time in essays.”
—Karl Kraus

“An apt quotation is like a lamp which flings its light over the whole sentence.” —L.E. Landon

“Quote me as saying I was mis-quoted.” —Groucho Marx

“Anyone can tell the truth, but only very few of us can make epigrams.”
—W. Somerset Maugham

“To be amused by what you read –
that is the great spring of happy quotations.”
—C.E. Montague

“Many excelled me; I know it. Yet I am quoted as much as they.” —Ovid

“When you see yourself quoted in print and you’re sorry you said it,
it suddenly becomes a misquotation.”
—Laurence J. Peter

“A thing said walks in immortality if it has been said well.” —Peter Pindar

“Certain brief sentences are peerless in their ability
to give one the feeling that nothing remains to be said.”
—Jean Rostand

“A fine quotation can be a diamond on the finger of a witty person,
or a pebble in the hands of a fool.”
—Joseph Roux

“Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.”
—Carlos Santayana

“I always have a quotation for everything – it saves original thinking.” —Dorothy L. Sayers

“I quote, therefore I am.” —Robin Seer

“My method is to take the utmost trouble to find the right thing to say,
and then say it with the utmost levity.”
—George Bernard Shaw

“To be occasionally quoted is the only fame I hope for.” —Alexander Smith

“When someone has the wit to coin a useful phrase,
it ought to be acclaimed and broadcast or it will perish.”
—Jack Smith

“It is better to be quotable than it is to be honest.” —Tom Stoppard

“A brilliant epigram is a solemn platitude gone to a masquerade ball.” —Lionel Strachey

“An aphorism is like a bee, fully burdened with gold, but with a sting attached.”
—Carmen Sylva

“The effortless recall of exquisitely germaine sayings is a lost art.” —G.B. Trudeau

“What are the proper proportions of a maxim?
A minimum of sound to a maximum of sense.”
—Mark Twain

“In the dying world I come from, quotation is a national vice.” —Evelyn Waugh

“An epigram often flashes light into regions where reason shines but dimly.”
—E.P. Whipple

“I summed up all existence in an epigram.” —Oscar Wilde

“Maybe it’s a symptom of a short-attention-span, instant-gratification age,
but I’m a sucker for a well stated tidbit of brevity and wit.”
—Jon Winokur

“I wish my first word was ‘quote’, so when I die I could say ‘un-quote’.” —Steven Wright

“The quotes game is Trivial Pursuit for the literati,
not what’s my line but whose line is it?”
—Betty Jane Wylie

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