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Quotations are more than just mere strings of words. They encapsulate the wisdom, wit, and experiences of their authors, presenting profound insights or delightful humour in a compact form. A well-chosen quotation can inspire, provoke thought, provide comfort, or simply bring a smile to one's face. It can succinctly express a sentiment or idea that might otherwise require extensive explanation. Moreover, quotations form an enduring link to the past, allowing us to benefit from the knowledge and experiences of those who came before us.

However, the power of quotations is not without its pitfalls. They can be taken out of context, misinterpreted, or misattributed, potentially distorting the intended meaning or attributing a sentiment to an individual who never expressed it. Quotations can also become clich├ęd through overuse, losing their original impact and depth of meaning.

This collection of quotations aims to embrace the value and versatility of these nuggets of wisdom, while also acknowledging their potential drawbacks.

quotations about quotations

"Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit." Oscar Wilde (Irish dramatist and poet, 1854-1900)

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"I always have a quotation for everything – it saves original thinking." Dorothy L. Sayers (English writer, 1893-1957)

"I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation." George Bernard Shaw (Irish dramatist, 1856-1950)

She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for *wit.*money.*good looks.* W. Somerset Maugham (English novelist, 1874-1965)

"I quote others only the better to express myself." Michel de Montaigne (French philosopher, 1533-1592)

"Quotation: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another." Ambrose Bierce (American writer, 1842-1914)

A facility for quotation covers the absence of *original thought.*sustenance.*humour.* Dorothy L. Sayers (English writer, 1893-1957)

"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 (German-born American actress and singer, 1901-92)

I hate quotations. Tell me *what you know.*a proper story.*a joke.* Ralph Waldo Emerson (American philosopher and poet, 1803-82)

"By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote." Ralph Waldo Emerson (American philosopher and poet, 1803-82)

"The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations." Benjamin Disraeli (British Conservative statesman, 1804-81)

"He wrapped himself in quotations as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors." Rudyard Kipling (English writer and poet, 1865-1936)

It's better to be quotable than *honest.*not.*boring.* Tom Stoppard (British dramatist, 1937-)

"It isn't difficult, you know, to be witty or amusing when one has something to say that is destructive, but damned hard to be clever and quotable when you are singing someone's praises." Noel Coward (English dramatist, actor, and composer, 1899-1973)

"I know heaps of quotations, so I can always make quite a fair show of knowledge." O. Douglas (Scottish writer, 1877-1948)

"Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it." Ralph Waldo Emerson (American philosopher and poet, 1803-82)

"No Greek; as much Latin as you like: never French in any circumstance: no English poet unless he has completed his century." Charles James Fox (English Whig politician, 1749-1806) giving advice for the House of Commons on using quotations

"You can get a *happy*sad*useless* quotation anywhere if you have the eye." Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (American lawyer, 1841-1935)

"His works contain nothing worth quoting; and a book that furnishes no quotations is, me judice, no book – it's a plaything." Thomas Love Peacock (English novelist and poet, 1785-1866)

"A widely-read man never quotes accurately, for the rather obvious reason that he has read too widely." Hesketh Pearson (English actor and biographer, 1887-1964)

"An anthology is like all the plums and orange peel picked out of a cake." Walter Raleigh (English lecturer and critic, 1861-1922)

"What a good thing Adam had. When he said a good thing he knew nobody had said it before." Mark Twain (American writer, 1835-1910)

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