Quotes on the use of quotes

  •  An apt quotation is as good as an original remark. – Proverb
  • The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations. – Benjamin Disraeli
  • I quote others only the better to express myself. – Michel de Montaigne
  • I hate quotations, tell me what you know. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Every quotation contributes something to the stability or enlargement of the language. – Johnson
  • A thing is never too often repeated which is never sufficiently learned. – Seneca
  • A good conversationalist is not one who remembers what was said, but says what someone wants to remember. – Jason Mason Brown
  • A proverb is the child of experience. – Anon.
  • Proverbs are the sanctuary of the intuitions. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The wise make proverbs and fools repeat them. – Isaac D’Israeli
  • Democracy will not be salvaged by men who talk fluently, debate forcefully, and quote aptly. – Lancelot Hogben
  • It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. – Sir Winston Churchill
  • I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation. – George Bernard Shaw
  • The surest way to make a monkey of a man is to quote him. – Robert Benchley
  • Most anthologists of quotations are like those who eat cherries… first picking the best ones and winding up by eating everything. – Nicolas Chamfort


(ed. – This is a re-post, originally appearing in the pages of By George Journal in July 2009 – here.)


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