Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
—Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) Irish Poet
Wise sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is never thrown away.
—Arthur Helps (1813–75) English Dramatist, Essayist
With just enough of learning to misquote.
—Lord Byron (George Gordon Byron) (1788–1824) English Romantic Poet
The obscurest sayings of the truly great are often these which contain the germ of the profoundest and most useful truths.
—Giuseppe Mazzini (1805–72) Italian Philosopher, Politician, Political Activist, Journalist
Selected thoughts depend for their flavor upon the terseness of their expression, for thoughts are grains of sugar or salt, that must be melted in a drop of water.
—Jean Antoine Petit-Senn (1792–1870) Swiss Poet
The power of quotation is as dreadful a weapon as any which the human intellect can forge.
—John Jay Chapman (1862–1933) American Biographer, Poet, Essayist, Writer
Life itself is a quotation.
—Jorge Luis Borges (1899–1986) Argentine Writer, Essayist, Poet
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.
—Robertson Davies (1913–95) Canada Journalist, Playwright, Academic, Critic, Novelist
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!
—Cao Xueqin (1715–63) Chinese Writer
One whom it is easier to hate, but still easier to quote–Alexander Pope.
—Augustine Birrell (1850–1933) English Politician, Barrister, Academic, Author
The wisdom of the wise and the experience of ages may be preserved by quotation.
—Isaac D’Israeli (1766–1848) English Writer, Scholar
Wisdom is meaningless until your own experience has given it meaning, and there is wisdom in the selection of wisdom.
Quote me as saying I was mis-quoted.
—Groucho Marx (1890–1977) American Actor, Comedian, Singer
I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognizably wiser than oneself.
—Marlene Dietrich (1901–92) German-born American Actor, Singer
In the dying world I come from quotation is a national vice. It used to be the classics, now it’s lyric verse.
—Evelyn Waugh (1903–66) English Novelist, Humorist, Writer
I always have a quotation for everything–it saves original thinking.
—Dorothy L. Sayers (1893–1957) British Novelist, Playwright, Essayist, Translator, Poet
A book that furnishes no quotations is no book — it is a plaything.
—Thomas Love Peacock (1785–1866) English Satirist, Novelist, Author