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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.

The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.
I quote others in order to better express myself.
Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
Everything has been thought of before, but the problem is to think of it again.
I pick my favorite quotation and store them in my mind as ready armor, offensive or defensive, amid the struggle of this turbulent existence.
The next best thing to saying a good thing yourself, is to quote one.
One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well.
The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation.
I think we must quote whenever we feel that the allusion is interesting or helpful or amusing.
A book that furnishes no quotations is no book -- it is a plaything.
A fine quotation is a diamond in the hand of a man of wit and a pebble in the hand of a fool.
I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good.
The surest way to make a monkey of a man is to quote him.
I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.
Our best thoughts come from others.
We rarely quote nowadays to appeal to authority... though we quote sometimes to display our sapience and erudition. Some authors we quote against. Some we quote not at all, offering them our scrupulous avoidance, and so make them part of our white mythology. Other authors we constantly invoke, chanting their names in cerebral rituals of propitiation or ancestor worship.
He wrapped himself in quotations -- as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.
A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought.
Next to being witty yourself, the best thing is being able to quote another's wit.
That is the point of quotations. One can use another's words to be insulting.
Why are not more gems from our great authors scattered over the country? Great books are not in everybody's reach; and though it is better to know them thoroughly than to know them only here and there, yet it is a good work to give a little to those who have not the time nor means to get more.
Quotations are useful in periods of ignorance or obscurantist beliefs.
The profoundest thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until an equal mind and heart finds and publishes it.
Stronger than an army is a quotation whose time has come.
Quotations (such as have point and lack triteness) from the great old authors are an act of reverence on the part of the quoter, and a blessing to a public grown superficial and external.
A quotation at the right moment is like bread to the famished.
I not only use all the brains I have but all I can borrow.
One has to secrete a jelly in which to slip quotations down people's throats --and one always secretes too much jelly.
Apothegms are portable wisdom, the quintessential extracts of thought and feelings.
Quotes from Mao, Castro, and Che Guevara... are as germane to our highly technological, computerized society as a stagecoach on a jet runway at Kennedy airport.
When one begins to live by habit and by quotation, one has begun to stop living.
Quotations in my work are like wayside robbers who leap out armed and relieve the stroller of his conviction.
The act of repeating erroneously the words of another.
Ah, yes, I wrote the Purple Cow -- I'm sorry, now, I wrote it! But I can tell you, anyhow, I'll kill you if you quote it.
I must claim the quoter's privilege of giving only as much of the text as will suit my purpose, said Tan-Chun. If I told you how it went on, I should end up by contradicting myself!
A quotation, like a pun, should come unsought, and then be welcomed only for some propriety of felicity justifying the intrusion.
Too much traffic with a quotation book begets a conviction of ignorance in a sensitive reader. Not only is there a mass of quotable stuff he never quotes, but an even vaster realm of which he has never heard.
When we would prepare the mind by a forcible appeal, and opening quotation is a symphony precluding on the chords those tones we are about to harmonize.

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