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It has been said that death ends all things. This is a mistake. It does not end the volume of practical quotations, and it will not until the sequence of the alphabet is so materially changed as to place D where Z now stands.
      - Unattributed Author, Harper's Bazar

One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well.
      - Amos Bronson Alcott

A man, groundly learned already, may take much profit himself in using by epitome to draw other men's works, for his own memory sake, into short room.
      - Roger Ascham

I have gathered a posie of other men's flowers, and nothing but the thread that binds them is mine own.
      - John Bartlett, Familiar Quotations
         (9th edition, 1901)

There is no less invention in aptly applying a thought found in a book, than in being the first author of the thought.
      - Pierre Bayle

There is not less wit nor invention in applying rightly a thought one finds in a book, than in being the first author of that thought. Cardinal du Perron has been heard to say that the happy application of a verse of Virgil has deserved a talent.
      - Pierre Bayle, Works (vol. II, p. 779)

Why read a book which you cannot quote?
      - Richard Bentley

One whom it is easier to hate, but still easier to quote--Alexander Pope.
      - Augustine Birrell, Alexander Pope

A good thought is a great boon, for which God is to be first thanked, then he who is the first to utter it, and then, in a lesser, but still in a considerable degree, the man who is the first to quote it to us.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

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.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Luminous quotations atone, by their interest, for the dulness of an inferior book, and add to the value of a superior work by the variety which they lend to its style and treatment.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

To quote copiously and well requires taste, judgment and erudition, a feeling for the beautiful, an appreciation of the noble, and a sense of the profound.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

A couplet of verse, a period of prose, may cling to the rock of ages as a shell that survives a deluge.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

He that borrows the aid of an equal understanding doubles his own; he that uses that of a superior elevates his own to the stature of that he contemplates.
      - Edmund Burke

All which he understood by rote,
  And, as occasion serv'd, would quote.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. I, canto I, l. 135)

Perverts the Prophets, and purloins the Psalms.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        English Bards and Scotch Reviewers
         (l. 326)

With just enough of learning to misquote.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        English Bards and Scotch Reviewers
         (l. 66)

Let the writer's thought so ripen in thee that it becomes, as it were, thy own thought.
      - Chu Hi (Chu Hsi)

To copy beauties, forfeits all pretence
  To fame--to copy faults, is want of sense.
      - Charles Churchill, The Rosciad (l. 457)

It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. Bartlett's Familiar Quotations is an admirable work, and I studied it intently. The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.
      - Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (3),
        My Early Life

Let every bookworm, when in any fragrant, scarce, old tome he discovers a sentence, a story, an illustration, that does his heart good, hasten to give it.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

A beautiful verse, an apt remark, or a well-turned phrase, appropriately quoted, is always effective and charming.
      - Madame Marie Anne du Deffand

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

I can remember a reporter asking for a quote, and I didn't know what a quote was. I thought it was some kind of soft drink.
      - Joe DiMaggio (Joseph Paul DiMaggio, Jr.)

When we would prepare the mind by a forcible appeal, an opening quotation is a symphony precluding on the chords those tones we are about to harmonize.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

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