Questions related to (semi-)famous quotations.

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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]..."?
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Can a sentence start with verb? [closed]

I've seen a quote "Dream higher than the sky and deeper than the ocean" and just wondering, the word "dream" here is a verb or noun? If it is a noun here, which one is the verb?
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Ending a quotation in a comma?

Is it correct to have a comma before the closing quotation marks in a case like the following? “The combination of wet weather and time of day make this a dangerous stretch of road. Drivers have ...
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Quoting Inexactly

How does one quote something inexactly, for example, changing the tense of the sentence a bit. For example, with the quote enlarge our thoughts and free them from the tyranny of custom I want ...
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What does “so many men, so many minds” mean?

I've come across the phrase "So many men, so many minds". Apparently, the full quote is from Leo Tolstoy, and is "If so many men, so many minds, certainly so many hearts, so many kinds of love." ...
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Quotations and Square Brackets

I have a question. If I am quoting a quote which has square brackets in it already, but I want to add square brackets because there are spelling mistakes so I want to add "[sic]". Do I just add it to ...
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Quoting a fictional character from a Book [duplicate]

I am considering having my senior quote be "Where are the Snowdens of Yesteryear?" from Catch-22. Should this quote be attributed to Joseph Heller, or Yossarian? If I do attribute it to Yossarian, ...
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Meaning of “Mr Right's first name is Always”

What does this quote mean? When I eventually met Mr. Right I had no idea that his first name was Always. — Rita Rudner
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Meaning of the quote by Helena Christensen [closed]

I was born in high heels and I’ve worn them ever since- Helena Christensen
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Are all Congressmen idiots? [closed]

Really couldn't resist the question title :-) This question asks about the famous quote by Mark Twain: Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. ...
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JFK (Mis)quote Chinese: “不怕神一样的对手 就怕猪一样的队友”

I've been looking for an English equivalent of the Chinese, "不怕神一样的对手 就怕猪一样的队友," which has been, rather directly, translated as: We fear not God-like rivals, but pig-like team members and rather ...
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Interpretation of the meaning of a quote of J. C. Shairp

I wish to understand the boldfaced part of the sentence The true poet is not an eccentric creature, not a mere artist living only for art, not a dreamer or a dilettante, sipping the nectar of ...
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Quotation ascribed to Benjamin Franklin, “We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”

There is a cottage industry in the United States of manufacturing quotations and ascribing them to the American Founding Fathers. A recent one, "We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to ...
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What does this mean “In love’s service only wounded soldiers can serve.”?

I just read this quote from nytimes's opinion section. "In love’s service only wounded soldiers can serve." What does this quote mean? I can faintly feel what it means, but I want to understand it ...
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Meaning of “that friendship will not continue to the end which is begun for an end”

Can someone explain the meaning of this quotation? That friendship will not continue to the end which is begun for an end.
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Is “paraphrased” the correct way to express an attributed quote with known origins?

This question and answer indicate that when the source of a quote comes from an unverified source, we may say it's "attributed", or that it's "apocryphal". Both of these terms imply that there is some ...
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correct idiom for if you were me

I am looking for an idiom that can be used for this like "if you were me you would have done the same thing " OR something like empathy , think from my sight, is there any idiom for such scenerio? I ...
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“From here, to there” quote meaning

I read a story which used "From here, to there" as a love measurement. Does it mean distance or time period. In the story "From here" was used when they where happy, with no worries in their life. As ...
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what is meaning of following quote? [closed]

A programmer started to cuss, Because getting to sleep was a fuss. As he lay there in bed, Looping ’round in his head, Was: while(!asleep()) sheep++; I don't know where to put this query so I put ...
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Period placement in a sentence containing both parantheses and quotes

Which of the following is correct: (This is a "test"). (This is a "test.") (This is a "test".)
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What is the difference between 'last' and 'least'? [closed]

What is the difference between 'last' and 'least'? Is least a superlative of last?
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Using a quote from someone other than the original article author

I am writing a synthesis paper and have ran across a couple quotes using in an article that I will be contrasting with another article. In the article written by Esther Shein she includes the quote ...
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When refering to a claim written in a book, how do you refer to it if there are two authors?

When analyzing a piece of writing, I was taught to refer to claims made by using the author's last name. For example if Donald Duck wrote the book "How to Build Boats" and I was analyzing it, I would ...
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In my example, do I use quotes around the terms I'm referring to? [duplicate]

In economics literature, the IV approach uses what is commonly referred to as the “first stage” and the “reduced form”. Should I italicize them instead? I'm not sure what to use because I have not ...
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Is the verb “hustle” used mostly positively or negatively these days?

I am confused about the uses of the word hustle. According to the dictionary, to hustle means a lot of negative things, like: force (someone) to move hurriedly or unceremoniously in a specified ...
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What does “wipe your chin and walk away” mean?

In the movie The Social Network Sean Parker says in his first meeting with Mark: Sean Parker: "And they want you to say 'thank you' while you, excuse me, wipe your chin and walk away." I never ...
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What does “We don't see things as they are – we see them as we are” mean?

Can someone please explain the meaning of the quotation "We don't see things as they are – we see them as we are."?
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“For dragons are fire made flesh, and fire is power.”

This quote is from "A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Two" By George R.R. Martin. This is the full quote: "They shall come day and night to see the wonder that has been born again ...
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Ancient greek philosophy - looking for a quotation of the kind: “I am scared for the future, I don't trust the youth of today”

I am looking for a famous quotation that was written by an ancient greek philosopher and that basically convey the following idea: I am scared for the future, I don't trust the youth of today Do ...