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Quotations will tell the full measure of meaning, if you have enough of them.
Author: James Murray
The power of quotation is as dreadful a weapon as any which the human intellect can forge.
Author: John Jay Chapman
Epigram and truth are rarely commensurate. Truth has to get somewhat chiseled, as it were, before it will fit into an epigram.
Author: Joseph Farrell
An aphorism is never exactly true. It is either a half-truth or a truth and a half.
Author: Karl Kraus, Spr?che und Widerspr?che, 1909
The quoting of an aphorism, like the angry barking of a dog or the smell of overcooked broccoli, rarely indicates that something helpful is about to happen.
Author: Lemony Snicket
What are the proper proportions of a maxim? A minimum of sound to a maximum of sense.
Author: Mark Twain
It is my belief that nearly any invented quotation, played with confidence, stands a good chance to deceive.
Author: Mark Twain, Following the Equator
Anthologies of aphorisms are usually arranged according to themes…. This is not the best method for the aphorism, because it often has several themes and interpretations.
Author: Markku Envall
Unraveling proverbs is a suitable puzzle for an old man. I put pieces in order and build up a kind of Utopian castle.
Author: Matti Kuusi
I quote others only in order the better to express myself.
Author: Michel De Montaigne
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.
Author: Michel de Montaigne
What is all wisdom save a collection of platitudes? Take fifty of our current proverbial sayings – they are so trite, so threadbare, that we can hardly bring our lips to utter them. Nonetheless they embody the concentrated experience of the race.
Author: Norman Douglas
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.
Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Now we sit through Shakespeare in order to recognize the quotations.
Author: Orson Welles
An epigram is only a wisecrack that’s played Carnegie Hall.
Author: Oscar Levant
Have you ever observed that we pay much more attention to a wise passage when it is quoted, than when we read it in the original author?
Author: Philip G. Hamerton
The only way to read a book of aphorisms without being bored is to open it at random and, having found something that interests you, close the book and meditate.
Author: Prince de Ligne
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.
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Quotes are nothing but inspiration for the uninspired.
Author: Richard Kemph
An aphorism is a single sentence that totally exhausts its subject.
Author: Robert Brault