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Emile M. CioranBeware of thinkers whose minds function only when they are fueled by a quotation.

—  Emile M. Cioran, 1911-1995, French-Romanian philosopher

Lao-TzuThe truest sayings are paradoxical.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

Joseph RouxA fine quotation is a diamond on the finger of a man of wit, and a pebble in the hand of a fool.

—  Joseph Roux, 1834-1905, French clergyman & poet

Winston ChurchillIt is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

H.L. MenckenAfter all, all he did was string together a lot of old, well-known quotations.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

     (on Shakespeare)

Ambrose BierceQuotation, n. The act of repeating erroneously the words of another. The words erroneously repeated.

—  Ambrose Bierce, 1842–1914, American writer

Ambrose BierceAphorism, n. Predigested wisdom.

—  Ambrose Bierce, 1842–1914, American writer

Oscar WildeQuotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Ralph Waldo EmersonBy necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Ralph Waldo EmersonNext to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Ralph Waldo EmersonMake your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Ralph Waldo EmersonAll my best thoughts were stolen by the ancients.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Ralph Waldo EmersonI hate quotations. Tell me what you know.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Samuel JohnsonQuotation is the highest compliment you can pay an author.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

VoltaireA witty saying proves nothing.

—  Voltaire, 1694-1778, French philosopher & writer

VauvenarguesFew maxims are true in every respect.

—  Vauvenargues, 1715-1747, French author of maxims

George SantayanaAlmost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.

—  George Santayana, 1863-1952, Spanish-American philosopher

Karl KrausAn aphorism can never be the whole truth; it is either a half-truth or a truth-and-a-half.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Karl KrausSomeone who can write aphorisms should not fritter away his time in essays.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer

Bob DylanPeople talk of situations, read books, repeat quotations.

—  Bob Dylan, 1941-, American singer [Nobel 2016]

Marcel ProustOne must never miss an opportunity of quoting things by others which are always more interesting than those one thinks up oneself.

—  Marcel Proust, 1871-1922, French writer


Quotes in Verse

Samuel Taylor ColeridgeWhat is an Epigram? A dwarfish whole,
Its body brevity, and wit its soul.

—  Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1772-1834, English poet & philosopher


Funny Quotes

AnonymousThere's an old proverb that says just about whatever you want it to.

—  Anonymous

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