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If these little sparks of holy fire thus heaped up together do not give life to your prepared and already enkindled spirit, yet they will sometimes help to entertain a thought, to actuate a passion, to employ and hallow a fancy.

In literature, quotation is good only when the writer whom I follow goes my way, and, being better mounted than I, gives me a cast, as we say; but if I like the gay equipage so well as to go out of my road, I had better have gone afoot.

In quoting of books, quote such authors as are usually read; others you may read for your own satisfaction, but do not name them.

It is the beauty and independent worth of the citations, far more than their appropriateness, which have made Johnson's Dictionary popular even as a reading-book.

Luminous quotations atone, by their interest, for the dullness of an inferior book, and add to the value of a superior work by the variety which they lend to its style and treatment.

Misquotation is, in fact, the pride and privilege of the learned. A widely- read man never quotes accurately, for the rather obvious reason that he has read too widely. See quote detail

Misquotations are the only quotations that are never misquoted.

Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it. I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.

One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well. See quote detail

Our best thoughts come from others.

Particles of science are often very widely scattered, and writers of extensive comprehension have incidental remarks upon topics remote from the principal subject, which are often more valuable than former treatises, and which are not known because not promised in the title. He that collects these is very laudably employed, as he facilitates the progress of others, and by making that easy of attainment which is already written, may give some adventurous mind leisure for new thoughts and original designs.

Quotation is the highest compliment you can pay to an author.

Quotation, sir, is a good thing; there is a community of mind in it: classical quotation is the parole of literary men all over the world.

Selected thoughts depend for their flavor upon the terseness of their expression, for thoughts are grains of sugar or salt, that must be melted in a drop of water.

The adventitious beauty of poetry may be felt in the greater delight with a verse given in a happy quotation than in the poem.

The art of quotation requires more delicacy in the practice than those conceive who can see nothing more in a quotation than an extract.

The multiplicity of facts and writings is become so great that everything must soon be reduced to extracts.

The obscurest sayings of the truly great are often these which contain the germ of the profoundest and most useful truths.

The proverb answers where the sermon fails, as a well-charged pistol will do more execution than a whole barrel of gunpowder idly exploded in the air.

The short sayings of wise and good men are of great value, like the dust of gold, or the sparks of diamonds.


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