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Punctuation question: quote within a quote at the end of a sentence

This is something I've always been a little bit unclear about. When writing dialogue where a person is quoting someone else, and that quote is at the end of a sentence, I'm not quite sure how the ...
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What is the meaning of this life quote?

I am trying (but failing) to understand the meaning of this life quote: Trying is a part of failing. If you are afraid to fail then you are afraid to try. Can you explain what it means?
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What does this quote mean: "Why is this thus? And what is the reason for this thusness?

In the movie 'Lincoln', Abraham Lincoln portrayed by Daniel Day-Lewis says this to Representative Ashley: "Why for instance is this thus, and what is the reason for this thusness." What does that ...
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Usage of question and exclamation marks with quotation marks in work of fiction

I am writing a novel. I have doubts how should I use question marks and exclamation marks in conjunction with quotation marks. I have written 5 separate sentences to illustrate this issue: He ...
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How do I interpret “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent”?

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. - Salvor Hardin This sentence has always struck me as a bit off. I see two ways to interpret it: If violence is your last option, you are ...
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Source of the cliche “[these] diminished times”?

I believe the phrase "diminished times" is a common expression or cliche, maybe a quotation, but I haven't been able to find the source. Is it a cliche, and where does it come from? P.S. After ...
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Name position in headlines with quotations

When somebody has said something to be used in a headline, sometimes the person's name appears before the colon character, and sometimes after. In some cases, a dash replaces the colon. Why is that, ...
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Do I need quote marks when I quote myself?

Hello language lovers, English isn't my first language and I would like to know if I need to use quotation marks when I quote something I said in the past.
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Lessing's Quote and its meaning

I am reading Viktor Frankl's "Man's Search for Meaning". On Page 32 the author attributes a quote to Lessing which goes as follows: There are things which must cause you to lose your reason or you ...
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Meaning of Samuel Johnson quote on puns [closed]

It seems like every article on puns written in the last 150 years (most recently in The Atlantic) includes this quote by Samuel Johnson, who compiled the 1755 Dictionary of the English Language and ...
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Quote about windows

I'm not sure if this is where I should be asking this.. But it seemed to be the most appropriate community on StackExchange. Anyways, I'm setting up a Google+ page for a small business that does ...
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What does “Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time, and it annoys the pig” mean? [closed]

It's a quote by Robert Heinlein. I'm curious to hear its deeper meaning.
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Quoting poems with omitting a conjunction

Ulysses ...; and though We are not now that strength which in old days Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are, One equal temper of heroic hearts, Made weak by time and fate, but strong in ...
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proper way of attributing a writer's note within a quote [duplicate]

In journalistic writing, if I need to attach some necessary background information within a quote, what's the proper way to do it? I want to indicate that the information is something that I've ...
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Why soothe a savage breast?

In William Congreve's The Mourning Bride (1697), the first line of the play, spoken by Almeria in Act I, Scene 1 is Music has charms to soothe a savage breast This is frequently (and ...
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Meaning of the Oscar Wilde quote about the “tragedy of old age”

What does this quote by Oscar Wilde actually mean? "The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young"
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Punctuating a list of direct non-question quotes

What is the correct way to punctuate a list of spoken quotes? For example: They had a variety of excuses for missing the meeting, such as: “We weren’t really sure we were meeting tonight. Were we?” ...
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“), or ,”) in the middle of a sentence? [duplicate]

I think commas are typically placed after closed parentheses and within quotation marks. This creates a dilemma when all three are used together. Example one: You may like snelms (or "snail helms,") ...
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What does 'at that time there were only men on campus' mean in this quote?

I also think that what our students get out of the arts and humanities is critical for them to develop a sense that is much bigger than the quantitative aspects of a problem to understanding human ...
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How to understand “If you don't do shit, you can't boo shit.” [closed]

"If you don't do shit, you can't boo shit." - Will.I.Am, Musician
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What does this quote mean?

This is from Yevtusheko's poem, "Conversation with an American Writer": Oh, our descendants will burn with bitter shame to remember, when punishing vile acts, that most peculiar time when plain ...
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Changing Quotes

What is the term for changing a quote? For example, changing 'Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?' to 'Who knows what mischief lurks in the hearts of children?'
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What is the meaning of “All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds” [closed]

Could you please explain this sentence to me? It is from Voltaire’s Candide.
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The proper usage of commas? [closed]

If I have some quotes like "Never, never, never give up!" can I put a comma after them? Basically, which one is correct: He said "There is no in between", and I can't agree more! or He said ...
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Origin of “Every dollar you spend is a political act”?

Who was the first to say this? Every dollar you spend is a political act. I find it here and there and it seems like a quote, but I can't find the origin.
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Exact meaning of the Gandalf quote, “He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.”?

What is the exact meaning of following quote (it belongs to Gandalf the Grey): He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom. I have a problem especially with ...
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What's the meaning of 'fan his pantaloons' in this quote?

Consider... the university professor. What is his function? Simply to pass on to fresh generations of numskulls a body of so-called knowledge that is fragmentary, unimportant, and, in large part, ...
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How to explain an acronym inside a quote [duplicate]

I'm currently doing an essay and I haven't previously given context "private contractors with top secret clearance had access to GCHQ databases." how d I explain what GCHQ is? Is this correct? ...
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what does this history napoleon quote mean?

What the peoples of Germany desire most impatiently is that talented commoners should have the same right to your esteem and to public employments as the nobles, that any trace of serfdom and of an ...
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Origin of “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”?

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. - Confucious What is the origin, and evolution, of this popular quote? It has a nice air of pseudo-profundity to it; one problem ...
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Meaning of “Never reach out your hand unless you're willing to extend an arm”

Please explain this quote to me: Never reach out your hand unless you're willing to extend an arm. http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/p/popepaulvi120370.html How can one reach out for ...
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Should I use “a” or “an” before particular enquoted text?

In this sentence: ...was a classic example of a "an eye for an eye", should I keep the "a" before the enquoted text or change it to "an"? I think the "a", pronounced as a long vowel, sounds better. ...
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“Its funny how people see others as themselves” grammatically correct? [closed]

I just thought of a quotation: "Its funny how people see others as themselves". Is it grammatically correct?
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When to Use Closing Quotes [duplicate]

I have noticed that BBC will frequently not use closing quotes when quoting long paragraphs of text, as an example it occurs twice in this article: ...
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Word or phrase that describes when a fictitious character quotes real writing/speech etc

Is there a word or phrase to describe when a fictional character quotes/references something that exists in the real (our) 'universe' (but can also therefore exist in the fictional 'universe'). Either ...
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Who came up with this quote: Thomas Paine or Dean Alfange?

"I do not choose to be a common man, It is my right to be uncommon … if I can, I seek opportunity … not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen. Humbled and dulled by having the ...
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As above, so below [closed]

I unable to fathom the quote of Hermes Trismegistus which is given Below; 1)As above, so below, 2) as within, so without, 3)as the universe, so the soul Kindly also suggest, if possible, how we ...
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A quote by Disraeli, can you interpret and explain its meaning?

"Talk to women, talk to women as much as you can. This is the best school. This is the way to gain fluency, because you need not care what you say, and had better not be sensible. They, too, will ...
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Meaning of Top Gun quote

In the movie Top Gun Maverick says: "I'm gonna need a beer to put these flames out." This was part of a compilation of quotes supporting the gay theme of the movie. Urbandictionary doesn't have a ...
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“In the immortal words of…”

In standard usage of the phrase "in the immortal words of...", are there any restrictions on the mortality of the speaker? I typically only hear it used for deceased speakers who once walked the ...
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Quote: nearly impossible for artists to critique themselves well?

In the recently-released movie, Birdman, Michael Keaton's character witters a seemingly famous quote to Edward Norton's character about artists critiquing themselves and how it is nearly impossible to ...
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What does “If Machiavelli were a hacker, he'd have worked for the CSSG” mean [closed]

Machiavelli is a top guy in the "political science" field and Google shows CSSG as Computer Science Study Group. What does this quote mean? If Machiavelli were a hacker, he'd have worked for the ...
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What does […] in the middle of a quote mean? [duplicate]

"'I'm simply defending a Negro- his name is Tom Robinson [...] Scout, you aren't old enough to understand some things yet, but there's been some high talk around town to the effect that I shouldn't do ...
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To purposely quote something incorrect

Is there a word for quoting something differently in order for it to fit the purpose of the conversation? E.g "oh you're such a nerd" "nerd and proud!" Which is a quote from XMen "Mutant and ...
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What does three dots mean in quotes

Not entirely sure, please help. Need to know if putting three or so dots before you're quoting means there is more of the sentence, but you have taken it out as it isn't needed? I apologize if this ...
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How to show people voicing their opinions in essays [closed]

In my essay, I'd like to show a group of people in a stadium crticizing a football team. I want to use direct quotes to show what different people in the group are saying but I am not sure how to put ...
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Saying about good and bad [duplicate]

Is there a saying or a quote, when something good happen thanks to something bad ? Like you meet someone because you've lost someone else ?
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Quotes on interest for SOP

I am writing SOP for my graduation applications and I am not able to find proper Quotes or idioms to begin my sop. Basically I want to convey that if someone set their goal in life close to their ...
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Nietzsche quote meaning [closed]

I came across following quote attributed Friedrich Nietzsche: It is the most sensual men who need to flee women and torment their bodies What context does it appear in and what is its meaning? ...
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Changing quote tense?

I'm trying to write a paper and I've stumbled along a problem. If I change "They are..." to "They were..." in a quotation, do I need to put square brackets as in, "They [were]..."?