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A fine quotation is a diamond on the finger of a man of wit, and a pebble in the hand of a fool.
      - Joseph Roux

The little honesty existing among authors is to be seen in the outrageous way in which they misquote from the writings of others.
      - Arthur Schopenhauer, On Authorship

Full of wise saws and modern instances.
      - William Shakespeare

Have at you with a proverb.
      - William Shakespeare

They have been at a great feast of languages and stolen the scraps.
      - William Shakespeare, Love's Labor's Lost
         (Moth at V, i)

Mark you this, Bassanio,
  The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice
         (Antonio at I, iii)   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

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

Reader, now I send thee, like a bee, to gather honey out of flowers and weeds; every garden is furnished with either, and so is ours. Read and meditate.
      - Horace (Horatio) Smith (a/k/a Paul Chatfield)

A forward critic often dupes us
  With sham quotations peri hupsos.
    And if we have not read Longinus,
      Will magisterially outshine us.
        Then, lest with Greek he over-run ye,
          Procure the book for love or money,
            Translated from Boileau's translation,
              And quote quotation on quotation.
      - Jonathan Swift, On Poetry

To select well among old things is almost equal to inventing new ones.
      - Nicolas Charles Trublet

We ought never to be afraid to repeat an ancient truth, when we feel that we can make it more striking by a neater turn, or bring it alongside of another truth, which may make it clearer, and thereby accumulate evidence. It belongs to the inventive faculty to see clearly the relative state of things, and to be able to place them in connection, but the discoveries of ages gone by belong less to their first authors than to those who make them practically useful to the world.
      - Luc de Clapier de Vauvanargues

The multiplicity of facts and writings is become so great that everything must soon be reduced to extracts.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

Great authorities are arguments.
      - Daniel Webster

Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

I am but a gatherer and disposer of other men's stuff.
      - Sir Henry Wotton,
        Preface to the Elements of Architecture

To patchwork learn'd quotations are allied,
  Both strive to make our poverty our pride.
      - Edward Young, Love of Fame (satire I)

Some, for renown, on scraps of learning dote,
  And think they grow immortal as they quote.
      - Edward Young, Love of Fame
         (satire I, l. 89)


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