I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.

George Bernard Shaw

A short saying oft contains much wisdom.


Everything of importance has been said before by somebody who did not discover it.

Alfred North Whitehead

The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation.

Benjamin Disraeli

A thought is often original, though you have uttered it a hundred times.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good.


I have suffered a great deal from writers who have quoted this or that sentence of mine either out of its context or in juxtaposition to some incongruous matter which quite distorted my meaning , or destroyed it altogether.

Alfred North Whitehead

He wrapped himself in quotations- as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.

Rudyard Kipling

Every quotation contributes something to the stability or enlargement of the language.

Samuel Johnson

Classical quotation is the parole of literary men all over the world.

Samuel Johnson

A witty saying proves nothing.


To be amused by what you read--that is the great spring of happy quotations.

C. E. Montague

Be careful -- with quotations, you can damn anything.

Andre Malraux

When a thing has been said and well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.

Anatole France

Famous remarks are very seldom quoted correctly.

Simeon Strunsky

People will accept your ideas much more readily if you tell them Benjamin Franklin said it first.

David H. Comins

Some for renown, on scraps of learning dote, And think they grow immortal as they quote.

Edward Young

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

Life itself is a quotation.

Jorge Luis Borges

What is an epigram? A dwarfish whole, its body brevity, and wit its soul.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

For men are prone to go it blind along the calf-paths of the mindTo do what other men have done. They follow in the beaten track, and out and in, and forth and back, and still their devious course pursue, to keep the path that others do.

Sam Walter Foss

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

Brendan Francis

An epigram often flashes light into regions where reason shines but dimly.

Edwin P. Whipple

Have you ever observed that we pay much more attention to a wise passage when it is quoted than when we read it in the original author?

Philip G. Hamerton

I pick my favourite quotations and store them in my mind as ready armour, offensive or defensive, amid the struggle of this turbulent existence.

Robert Burns

The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages is preserved into perpetuity by a nation's proverbs, fables, folk sayings and quotations.

William Feather

I didn't really say everything I said.

Yogi Berra

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

Misquotations are the only quotations that are never misquoted.

Hesketh Pearson

Misquotation is, in fact, the pride and privilege of the learned. A widely- read man never quotes accurately, for the rather obvious reason that he has read too widely.

Hesketh Pearson

Immortality. I notice that as soon as writers broach this question they begin to quote. I hate quotation. Tell me what you know.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

An apt quotation is like a lamp which flings its light over the whole sentence.

Letitia Landon

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

Jean Rostand

It is better to be quotable than to be honest.

Tom Stoppard

Now we sit through Shakespeare in order to recognize the quotations.

Orson Welles

She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit.

W. Somerset Maugham

Proverbs often contradict one another, as any reader soon discovers. The sagacity that advises us to look before we leap promptly warns us that if we hesitate we are lost; that absence makes the heart grow fonder, but out of sight, out of mind.

Leo Rosten

I might repeat to myself slowly and soothingly, a list of quotations beautiful from minds profound - if I can remember any of the damn things.

Dorothy Parker

It is always the same: women bedeck themselves with jewels and furs, and men with wit and quotations.

Maurice Chevalier

Wise sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is never thrown away.

Compton Mackenzie, Sr.

What a good thing Adam had. When he said a good thing he knew nobody had said it before.

Mark Twain

I need no dictionary of quotations to remind me that the eyes are the windows of the soul.

Max Beerbohm

Quotation, n: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another.

Ambrose Bierce

Quotations, like much better things, has its abuses.

Isaac Disraeli

The surest way to make a monkey of a man is to quote him.

Robert Benchley

I improve on misquotation.

Cary Grant

In literature as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others.

Andre Maurois

A book of quotations . . . can never be complete.

Robert M. Hamilton

There is not less wit nor less invention in applying rightly a thought one finds in a book, than in being the first author of that thought.

Pierre Bayle

The American people would not want to know of any misquotes that Dan Quayle may or may not make.

Dan Quayle

To be occasionally quoted is the only fame I care for.

Alexander Smith

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.

Oscar Wilde

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 Churchill

I am reminded of the professor who, in his declining hours, was asked by his devoted pupils for his final counsel. He replied, 'Verify your quotations.'

Sir Winston Churchill

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

At twilight, nature is not without loveliness, though perhaps its chief use is to illustrate quotations from the poets.

Oscar Wilde

The point of quotations is that one can use another's words to be insulting.

Amanda Cross

A book that furnishes no quotations is no book - it is a plaything.

Thomas Love Peacock

[Alicia Keys was quoted by USA Today as saying she was] disappointed that these things keep happening. ... there's hot parties every night, and you just had one minor incident.

Lil Jon

I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Quotations are useful in periods of ignorance or obscurantist beliefs.

Guy Debord

WITTICISM, n. A sharp and clever remark, usually quoted, and seldom noted; what the Philistine is pleased to call a 'joke.'

Ambrose Bierce

I so hate it when I'm quoted to thwart the juices and desires of the great interior design public at large' - Daily Express.

Laurence Llewelyn bowen

Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it. I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The weaker the data available upon which to base one's conclusion, the greater the precision which should be quoted in order to give the data authenticity.

Norman R. Augustine

People who like quotations love meaningless generalizations.

Graham Greene

Argentina's problems seem to be mounting with negative consequences for the country's debtors and many quoted European companies.

Thierry Lacraz

The lines of poetry, the period of prose, and even the texts of Scripture most frequently recollected and quoted, are those which are felt to be preeminently musical.

William Shenstone

The policy was $250 a month cheaper than what other agents quoted us, ... And, it was as easy as buying a CD or a book.

Steve Katz

It's a mixed bag. What was it that Adlai Stevenson said? I think he quoted Abraham Lincoln when he said it hurts too much to laugh, but I'm too old to cry. So it is a mixed bag like that.

Jack Frost

Have you read the screen international review which was never quoted when the others came out...there's a fairness issue here.

Vincent Ward

Stock prices have been quoted in fractions for two centuries, based on a system descended from Spanish pieces of eight. Each dollar was cut into eight bits worth 12.5 cents each. (Quarter=two bits).

Charles A. Jaffe

Hanging is too good for a man who makes puns; he should be drawn and quoted.

Fred Allen

I have not always in my dealings with General de Gaulle found quotations from Trafalgar and Waterloo necessarily productive, and he has been very tactful about the Battle of Hastings.

Harold Wilson

I would have quoted my dad who said, 'You're the luckiest kid in the world because you're doing for a living what you did as a kid. You make in a year what I made in my life and, if you let it go to your head I'll kick you with my cowboy boots on.

Kurt Browning

It's been quoted in articles and all that ?this is like A Day Without a Mexican .? That the film was prophetic.

Yareli Arizmendi

I can't remember saying exactly those things and what was quoted as being said was not the memory of several others who were in the room.

Bill Sweetenham

A whipper-snapper of criticism who quoted dead languages to hide his ignorance of life.

Herbert Beerbohm Tree

I'd be amazed if any of the UK-quoted companies were involved.

Roman Cizdyn

My curiosity was piqued, so I tried to get as many numbers from as many schools as I could. I don't want to be quoted as a guru or anything, but based on the numbers, if they don't move anybody up the cutoff is somewhere around 1,970 or 1,980 (for Class 5A).

Patrick Page

It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.

Sir Winston Churchill

The fact is we published this report. I approved the press release. I am quoted on the press release.

Caroline Flint

Most finance professors in the back room, where their name isn't quoted, would tell you they think the market has gone crazy.

Ivo Welch

The most familiar quotations are the most likely to be misquoted . . . . Some have settled down to false versions that have obscured the true ones. They have passed over from literature into speech.

Carl Van Doren

It's necessary in order to attract attention, to dazzle at all costs, to be disapproved of by serious people, and quoted by the foolish.

Jill Johnston

"Waiting, are they? Waiting, are they? Well, goddam 'em, let 'em wait!"[Ethan Allen, to his physician who said "General, I fear the angels are waiting for you", quoted in Saturday Review, April 5, 1958].

Ethan Allen

There were lawmakers who said we need to establish this fund, let's get on with it, I'll put my money in, there were some who even quoted the amount that they would give, but I don't see any legislation names on the list.

Elaine Roberts