Inspirational Quotes about Quotes

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

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