The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages is preserved into perpetuity by a nation's proverbs, fables, folk sayings and quotations.
― William Feather
There is not less wit nor less invention in applying rightly a thought one finds in a book, than in being the first author of that thought.
― Pierre Bayle
It is delightful to transport one's self into the spirit of the past, to see how a wise man has thought before us.
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
When I quote others I do so in order to express my own ideas more clearly.
― Michel de Montaigne
Everything of importance has been said before by somebody who did not discover it.
― Alfred North Whitehead
Time is of no account with great thoughts, which are as fresh today as when they first passed through their authors' minds ages ago.
― Samuel Smiles
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
Quotation , n: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another.
― Ambrose Bierce
When a thing has been said and well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.
― Anatole France
A quotation in a speech, article or book is like a rifle in the hands of an infantryman. It speaks with authority.
― Brendan Francis
To be amused by what you read--that is the great spring of happy quotations.
― C. E. Montague
“I never have found the perfect quote. At best I have been able to find a string of quotations which merely circle the ineffable idea I seek to express.”
― Caldwell O'Keefe
“I might repeat to myself slowly and soothingly, a list of quotations beautiful from minds profound - if I can remember any of the damn things.”
― Dorothy Parker
“I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.”
-George Bernard Shaw
“Misquotations are the only quotations that are never misquoted.”
― Hesketh Pearson
“Life itself is a quotation.”
― Jorge Luis Borges
“A fine quotation is a diamond on the finger of a man of wit, and a pebble in the hand of a fool.”
― Joseph Roux
“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
“A book of quotations . . . can never be complete.”
― Robert M. Hamilton
“I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good.”
“A short saying oft contains much wisdom.”
“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.”
― Winston Churchill