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I improve on misquotation.
      - Cary Grant (Archibald Alec Leach)

I believe it would be difficult to find an adult human being who hasn't a saying or two, or more, that he is saving because it expresses something vital.
      - David Grayson (pseudonym of Ray Stannard Baker)

This field is so spacious that it were easy for a man to lose himself in it; and if I should spend all my pilgrimage in this walk, my time would sooner end than my way.
      - Joseph Hall

A verse may finde him who a sermon flies,
  And turn delight into a sacrifice.
      - George Herbert,
        The Temple--The Church Porch

Quotes. That which a player says immediately after the game but is sure he didn't say when it appears in print the next day.
      - Jerry Howarth

Many useful and valuable books lie buried in shops and libraries unknown and unexamined, unless some lucky compiler opens them by chance, and finds an easy spoil of wit and learning.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Quotation is the highest compliment you can pay to an author.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

What is said upon a subject is gathered from an hundred people.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Every quotation contributes something to the stability or enlargement of the language.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Preface to Dictionary

Classical quotation is the parole of literary men all over the world.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Remark to Wilkes

A good saying often runs the risk of being thrown away when quoted as the speaker's own.
  [Fr., C'est souvent hasarder un bon mot et vouloir le perdre que de le donner pour sien.]
      - Jean de la Bruyere, Les Caracteres (II)

'Twas not an Age ago since most of our Books were nothing but Collections of Latin Quotations; there was not above a line or two of French in a Page.
      - Jean de la Bruyere,
        The Characters or Manners of the Present Age
         (ch. XV, Of the Pulpit)

Though old the thought and oft exprest,
  'Tis his at last who says it best.
      - James Russell Lowell, For an Autograph
         (st. 1)

The obscurest sayings of the truly great are often those which contain the germ of the profoundest and most useful truths.
      - Giuseppe Mazzini

I have here only made a nosegay of culled flowers, and have brought nothing of my own but the thread that ties them.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

I quote others only in order the better to express myself.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

As one might say of me that I have only made here a collection of other people's flowers, having provided nothing of my own but the cord to bind them together.
  [Fr., Comme quelqu'un pourroit dire de moy, que j'ay seulement faict icy un amas de fleurs estrangieres, n'y ayant fourny du mien que le filet a les lier.]
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Essays
         (bk. III, ch. XII)

. . . I have seen books make of things neither studied nor ever understood . . . the author contenting himself for his own part, to have cast the plot and projected the design of it, and by his industry to have bound up the fagot of unknown provisions; at least the ink and paper his own. This may be said to be a buying or borrowing, and not a making or compiling of a book.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Essays
         (bk. III, ch. XII)

Nor suffers Horace more in wrong translations
  By wits, than critics in as wrong quotations.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Criticism
         (pt. III, l. 104)

Backed his opinion with quotations.
      - Matthew Prior

He ranged his tropes, and preached up patience,
  Backed his opinion with quotations.
      - Matthew Prior, Paulo Purganti and his Wife
         (l. 143)

It is good to respect old thoughts in the newest books, because the old works in which they stand are not read. New translations of many truths, as of foreign standard works, must be given forth every half-century.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Of things that be strange
  Who loveth to read,
    In this book let him range,
      His fancy to feed.
      - Richard Robinson

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

Always to verify your references.
      - Rev. Dr. Martin Joseph Routh,
        To Dean Burgon

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