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Quotation, like much better things, has its abuses. One may quote till one compiles.
      - Isaac D'Israeli

Quotations, like much better things, has its abuses.
      - Isaac D'Israeli

One may quote till one compiles.
      - Isaac D'Israeli,
        Curiosities of Literature--Quotation

The art of quotation requires more delicacy in the practice than those conceive who can see nothing more in a quotation than an extract.
      - Isaac D'Israeli,
        Curiosities of Literature--Quotation

The greater part of our writers, . . . have become so original, that no one cares to imitate them: and those who never quote in return are seldom quoted.
      - Isaac D'Israeli,
        Curiosities of Literature--Quotation

The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages may be preserved by quotation.
      - Isaac D'Israeli,
        Curiosities of Literature--Quotation,
        Quotation

A book which hath been culled from the flowers of all books.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        The Spanish Gypsy (bk. II)

I pluck up the good lissome herbs of sentences by pruning, eat them by reading, digest them by musing, and lay them up at length in the high seat of memory.
      - Elizabeth I

All minds quote. Old and new make the warp and woof of every moment. There is no thread that is not a twist of these two strands. * * * We quote not only books and proverbs, but art, sciences, religion, customs, and laws; nay, we quote temples and houses, tables and chairs, by imitation. * * *
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is as difficult to appropriate the thoughts of others as it is to invent.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our best thought came from others.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Quotation confesses inferiority.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The mind will quote whether the tongue does or not.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The profoundest thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until an equal mind and heart finds and publishes it.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

A great man quotes bravely, and will not draw on his invention when his memory serves him with a word as good.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
        Letters and Social Aims--Quotation and Originality

By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we quote. We quote not only books and proverbs, but arts, sciences, religion, customs, and laws; nay, we quote temples and houses, tables and chairs by imitation.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
        Letters and Social Aims--Quotation and Originality

Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
        Letters and Social Aims--Quotation and Originality

We are as much informed of a writer's genius by what he selects as by what he originates.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
        Letters and Social Aims--Quotation and Originality

We prefer to believe that the absence of inverted commas guarantees the originality of a thought, whereas it may be merely that the utterer has forgotten its source.
      - Clifton Fadiman

Pretentious quotations being the surest road to tedium.
      - F.G. Fowler and H.W. Fowler,
        The King's English

Nothing gives an author so much pleasure as to find his works respectfully quoted by other learned authors.
      - Benjamin Franklin

I will pick up a few straws here and there over the broad field, and ask you a few moments to look at them.
      - James Abram Garfield

If you have any doubts that we live in a society controlled by men, try reading down the index of contributors to a volume of quotations, looking for women's names.
      - Elaine Gill

Apt quotations carry conviction.
      - Rt. Hon. William Ewart Gladstone

Whatever we may say against such collections, which present authors in a disjointed form, they nevertheless bring about many excellent results. We are not always so composed, so full of wisdom, that we are able to take in at once the whole scope of a work according to its merits. Do we not mark in a book passages which seem to have a direct reference to ourselves? Young people especially, who have failed in acquiring a complete cultivation of mind, are roused in a praiseworthy way by brilliant passages.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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