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A book of quotations... can never be complete.  ~Robert M. Hamilton

Quotation, n.:  The act of repeating erroneously the words of another.  The words erroneously repeated.  ~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

Most anthologists of quotations are like those who eat cherries or oysters:  first picking the best ones and winding up by eating everything.  ~Sebastien Roch Nicolas Chamfort, Maxims, 1825

Quotations will tell the full measure of meaning, if you have enough of them.  ~James Murray

I am fully conscious of the fact, that aphorisms are like wandering Gypsies.  They must always be published without guarantee of the authenticity.  ~Erkki Melartin

What is all wisdom save a collection of platitudes?  Take fifty of our current proverbial sayings - they are so trite, so threadbare, that we can hardly bring our lips to utter them.  Nonetheless they embody the concentrated experience of the race.  ~Norman Douglas

It's such a pleasure to write down splendid words - almost as though one were inventing them.  ~Rupert Hart-Davis

I suppose every old scholar has had the experience of reading something in a book which was significant to him, but which he could never find again.  Sure he is that he read it there, but no one else ever read it, nor can he find it again, though he buy the book and ransack every page.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Proverbs were bright shafts in the Greek and Latin quivers.  ~Benjamin Disraeli

Collecting quotations is an insidious, even embarrassing habit, like ragpicking or hoarding rocks or trying on other people's laundry.  I got into it originally while trying to break an addiction to candy.  I kicked candy and now seem to be stuck with quotations, which are attacking my brain instead of my teeth.  ~Robert Byrne, The Other 637 Best Things Anybody Ever Said, "Sources, References, and Notes," 1984

A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.  ~Miguel de Cervantes

The art of quotation requires more delicacy in the practice than those conceive who can see nothing more in a quotation than an extract.  ~Benjamin Disraeli

All maxims have their antagonist maxims; proverbs should be sold in pairs, a single one being but a half truth.  ~William Mathews

It is my belief that nearly any invented quotation, played with confidence, stands a good chance to deceive.  ~Mark Twain, Following the Equator

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

Always verify your quotations.  ~Martin Joseph Routh, also sometimes quoted as "your references" or "your sources"

A fine quotation is a diamond on the finger of a witty person, but a pebble in the hands of a fool.  ~Author Unknown

I hate quotations.  Tell me what you know.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks, May 1849

A good aphorism is too hard for the tooth of time, and is not worn away with the centuries, although it serves as food for every speech.  ~Friedrich Nietzsche

It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.... The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts.  They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.  ~Winston Churchill, Roving Commission: My Early Life, 1930

Somewhere in the world there is an epigram for every dilemma.  ~Hendrik Willem van Loon

Most collectors collect tangibles.  As a quotation collector, I collect wisdom, life, invisible beauty, souls alive in ink.  ~Terri Guillemets

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

Quotes are nothing but inspiration for the uninspired.  ~Richard Kemph

Anthologies of aphorisms are usually arranged according to themes.... This is not the best method for the aphorism, because it often has several themes and interpretations.  ~Markku Envall

The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.  ~Somerset Maugham

In spite of his practical ability, some of his experience had petrified into maxims and quotations.  ~George Eliot

I quote others only in order the better to express myself.  ~Michel De Montaigne

Proverbs are mental gems gathered in the diamond districts of the mind.  ~William R. Alger

A quotation at the right moment is like bread in a famine.  ~Talmud

The hunter for aphorisms on human nature has to fish in muddy water, and he is even condemned to find much of his own mind.  ~Francis H. Bradley

The only way to read a book of aphorisms without being bored is to open it at random and, having found something that interests you, close the book and meditate.  ~Prince de Ligne

A picture, it is said, is worth a thousand words, but cannot a few well-spoken words convey as many pictures?  ~Author Unknown

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

An epigram is a gag that's played Carnegie Hall.  ~Oscar Levant (Thanks, Garson O'Toole!)

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

The great writers of aphorisms read as if they had all known each other well.  ~Elias Canetti

Our live experiences, fixed in aphorisms, stiffen into cold epigram.  Our heart's blood, as we write with it, turns to mere dull ink.  ~F.H. Bradley

Aphorism, n.:  Predigested wisdom.  ~Ambrose Bierce

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