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I think we must quote whenever we feel that the allusion is interesting or helpful or amusing.

Clifton Fadiman (1904-1999) American editor and writer.

It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read a book of quotations.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British politician.

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

Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888) American educator.

I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good.

Seneca (4 BC-65) Roman philosopher and playwright.

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

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.


Though collecting quotations could be considered as merely an ironic mimetism -- victimless collecting, as it were... in a world that is well on its way to becoming one vast quarry, the collector becomes someone engaged in a pious work of salvage. The course of modern history having already sapped the traditions and shattered the living wholes in which precious objects once found their place, the collector may now in good conscience go about excavating the choicer, more emblematic fragments.

Susan Sontag (1933-2004) American author.

Everything of importance has been said before by somebody who did not discover it.

Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947) English mathematician.

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.

I not only use all the brains I have but all I can borrow.

Woodrow T. Wilson (1856-1924) Twenty-eighth President of the USA.

One has to secrete a jelly in which to slip quotations down people's throats --and one always secretes too much jelly.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) British novelist and essayist.