Quotes: Quotations, Quoting

(a passage repeated or reproduced from a statement by someone; sometimes correctly)

quotation (s), quotations (pl)
1. A passage or expression that is quoted or cited.
2. The act of quoting.
quote, quotes, quoting, quoted (verb forms)
1. To repeat (a passage, phrase, etc.) from a book, speech, or the like, as by way of authority, illustration, etc.
2. Words that are repeated from (a book, an author, etc.).
3. The repetition or copying of words by another person; usually, with an acknowledgment of the sources or origins.


Next to being witty yourself, the best thing is being able to quote another’s wit.

—Christian N. Bovee

The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations.

—Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1848)

I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.

—George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright and critic

When someone has the wit to coin a useful phrase, it ought to be acclaimed and broadcast or it will perish.

—Jack Smith

I quote others only the better to express myself.

—Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1848)
Many excelled me: I know it.
Yet, I am quoted as much as they.
—Ovid (43? B.C.-A.D. 18), his epitaph)

Every quotation contributes something to the stability or enlargement of the language.

—Samuel Johnson

The profoundest thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until an equal mind and heart finds and publishes it.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American essayist, poet, and philosopher

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