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

You could compile the worst book in the world entirely out of selected passages from the best writers in the world.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

Life itself is a quotation.
Jorge Luis Borges

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.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

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

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

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

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 didn't say that I didn't say it. I said that I didn't say that I said it. I want to make that very clear.
George Romney

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

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

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

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

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

Write a wise saying and your name will live forever.
Anonymous

It is unbecomingfor young men to utter maxims.
Aristotle

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

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

I improve on misquotation.
Cary Grant

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

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

What's the use of a good quotation if you can't change it?
Doctor Who

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

I never have found the perfect quote. At best I have been able to find a string of quotations which merely circle the ineffable idea I seek to express.
Caldwell O'Keefe

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

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

I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.
George Bernard Shaw

After all, all he did was string together a lot of old, well-known quotations.
H. L. Mencken

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

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

A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought.
Dorothy L. Sayers

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

Misquotations are the only quotations that are never misquoted.
Hesketh Pearson

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