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  1. "The human mind shows an urge to capture into fixed forms through unreal assumptions, that is, fictions, that which is chaotic, always in flux, and incomprehensible. Serving this urge, the child quite generally uses a scheme in order to act and to find his way. We proceed much the same when we divide the earth by meridians and parallels, for only thus do we obtain fixed points which we can bring into a relationship with one another. "
    -- Alfred Adler
  2. "The neurotic is nailed to the cross of his fiction. "
    -- Alfred Adler
  3. "In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you."
    -- Mortimer J. Adler
  4. "One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well."
    -- Amos Bronson Alcott
  5. "Quotes from Mao, Castro, and Che Guevara... are as germane to our highly technological, computerized society as a stagecoach on a jet runway at Kennedy airport."
    -- Saul Alinsky
  6. "Books of quotations are an elemental model of how culture is perpetuated, the wisdom of the trite passed on to posterity, to be added to, edited, and modified by subsequent generations."
    -- Robert Andrews
  7. "A quotation is a saying or piece of writing that strikes people as so true that they quote it (or allude to it) in speech or writing."
    -- Tony Augarde
  8. "Quotation, n. The act of repeating erroneously the words of another. The words erroneously repeated."
    -- Ambrose Bierce
  9. "The surest way to make a monkey of a man is to quote him."
    -- Robert Benchley
  10. "The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth. "
    -- Niels Bohr

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  11. "The great writers of aphorisms read as if they had all known each other well. "
    -- Elias Canetti
  12. "A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience. "
    -- Miguel de Cervantes
  13. "A quotation, like a pun, should come unsought, and then be welcomed only for some propriety of felicity justifying the intrusion."
    -- Robert Chapman
  14. "You could compile the worst book in the world entirely out of selected passages from the best writers in the world."
    -- G.K. Chesterton
  15. "It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.... 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
  16. "That is the point of quotations. One can use another's words to be insulting. "
    -- Amanda Cross
  17. "I quote others only in order the better to express myself. "
    -- Michel de Montaigne
  18. "Someone might say of me that I have only made a bouquet of other people's flowers here, having supplied nothing of my own but the thread to bind them. "
    -- Michel de Montaigne
  19. "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
  20. "The art of quotation requires more delicacy in the practice than those conceive who can see nothing more in a quotation than an extract. "
    -- Benjamin Disraeli
  21. "The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations."
    -- Isaac Disraeli

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  22. "In spite of his practical ability, some of his experience had petrified into maxims and quotations. "
    -- George Eliot
  23. "Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it."
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
  24. "He presents me with what is always an acceptable gift who brings me news of a great thought before unknown. He enriches me without impoverishing himself."
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
  25. "The profoundest thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until an equal mind and heart finds and publishes it."
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
  26. "Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it."
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
  27. "The adventitious beauty of poetry may be felt in the greater delight with a verse given in a happy quotation than in the poem."
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
  28. "I suppose every old scholar has had the experience of reading something in a book which was significant to him, but which he could never find again. Sure he is that he read it there, but no one else ever read it, nor can he find it again, though he buy the book and ransack every page. "
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
  29. "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know. "
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks, May 1849
  30. "By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote. "
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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  31. "I think we must quote whenever we feel that the allusion is interesting or helpful or amusing."
    -- Cliff Fadiman
  32. "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
  33. "A quotation in a speech, article or book is like a rifle in the hands of an infantryman. It speaks with authority."
    -- Brendan Francis
  34. "Nothing gives an author so much pleasure as to find his work respectfully quoted. "
    -- Benjamin Franklin
  35. "Quotations help us remember the simple yet profound truths that give life perspective and meaning. When it comes to life's most important lessons, we can all use gentle reminders."
    -- Chriswell Freeman
  36. "Stronger than an army is a quotation whose time has come."
    -- W. I. E. Gates
  37. "If you have any doubts that we live in a society controlled by men, try reading down the index of contributors to a volume of quotations, looking for women's names."
    -- Elaine Gill
  38. "Quotations (such as have point and lack triteness) from the great old authors are an act of reverence on the part of the quoter, and a blessing to a public grown superficial and external."
    -- Louise Imogen Guiney
  39. "Quotations offer one kind of break in what the eye can see, the ear can hear."
    -- Ihab Hassan
  40. "But I have long thought that if you knew a column of advertisements by heart, you could achieve unexpected felicities with them. You can get a happy quotation anywhere if you have the eye. "
    -- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  41. "Proverbs are always platitudes until you have personally experienced the truth of them. "
    -- Aldous Huxley

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  42. "He is a benefactor of mankind who contracts the great rules of life into short sentences, that may be easily impressed on the memory, and so recur habitually to the mind."
    -- Samuel Johnson
  43. "Pointed axioms and acute replies fly loose about the world, and are assigned successively to those whom it may be the fashion to celebrate."
    -- Samuel Johnson
  44. "Quotation is the highest compliment you can pay to an author."
    -- Samuel Johnson
  45. "Quotes are nothing but inspiration for the uninspired."
    -- Richard Kemph
  46. "Maxims are the condensed good sense of nations."
    -- James Mackintosh
  47. "The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit."
    -- W. Somerset Maugham
  48. "Quote me as saying I was misquoted."
    -- Groucho Marx
  49. "A good aphorism is too hard for the tooth of time, and is not worn away by all the centuries, although it serves as food for every epoch."
    -- Friedrich Nietzsche
  50. "I never have found the perfect quote. At best I have been able to find a string of quotations which merely circle the ineffible idea I seek to express."
    -- Caldwell O'Keefe
  51. "Wise men make proverbs, but fools repeat them."
    -- Samuel Palmer
  52. "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."
    -- Hesketh Pearson
  53. "The next best thing to being clever is being able to quote someone who is."
    -- Mary Pettibone Poole
  54. "The maxims of men disclose their hearts. "
    -- French Proverb

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  55. "Apothegms to thinking minds are the seeds from which spring vast fields of new thought, that may be further cultivated, beautified, and enlarged."
    -- James Ramsey
  56. "Certain brief sentences are peerless in their ability to give one the feeling that nothing remains to be said."
    -- Jean Rostand
  57. "A fine quotation is a diamond in the hand of a man of wit and a pebble in the hand of a fool."
    -- Joseph Roux
  58. "Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it. "
    -- Santayana, Essays
  59. "I always have a quotation for everything-it saves original thinking."
    -- Dorothy Sayers
  60. "Precepts or maxims are of great weight; and a few useful ones at hand do more toward a happy life than whole volumes that we know not where to find. "
    -- Seneca
  61. "I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation."
    -- George Bernard Shaw
  62. "To be occasionally quoted is the only fame I hope for."
    -- Alexander Smith
  63. "It's better to be quotable than to be honest."
    -- Tom Stoppard
  64. "Famous remarks are very seldom quoted correctly."
    -- Simeon Strunsky

  65. "A quotation at the right moment is like bread to the famished."
    -- The Talmud
  66. "What are the proper proportions of a maxim? A minimum of sound to a maximum of sense. "
    -- Mark Twain
  67. "If I do not want others to quote me, I do not speak."
    -- Phil Wayne
  68. "Now we sit through Shakespeare in order to recognize the quotations. "
    -- Orson Welles
  69. "Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation."
    -- Oscar Wilde
  70. "A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought."
    -- Lord Peter Wimsey
  71. "One has to secrete a jelly in which to slip quotations down people's throats and one always secretes too much jelly."
    -- Virginia Woolf
  72. "We were lucky enough to grow up in an environment where there was always much encouragement to children to pursue intellectual interests; to investigate whatever that aroused curiosity."
    -- Wright Brothers

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