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...The greater part of our writers, in consequence, have become so original, that no one cares to imitate them; and those who never quote, in return are seldom quoted!
This is one of the results of that adventurous spirit which is now stalking forth and raging for its own innovations. We have not only rejected AUTHORITY, but have also cast away EXPERIENCE; and often the unburthened vessel is driving to all parts of the compass, and the passengers no longer know whither they are going.The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation.
It seems, however, agreed, that no one would quote if he could think; and it is not imagined that the well-read may quote from the delicacy of their taste, and the fulness of their knowledge. Whatever is felicitously expressed risks being worse expressed: it is a wretched taste to be gratified with mediocrity when the excellent lies before us. We quote to save proving what has been demonstrated, referring to where the proofs may be found. We quote to screen ourselves from the odium... Disraeli, Isaac
Excerpt from Curiosities of Literature, Vol. II (of 3) Edited, With Memoir And Notes, By His Son, The Earl Of Beaconsfield · This quote is about quotations · Search on Google Books to find all references and sources for this quotation.
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