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We can predict everything, except the future [closed]

The quotation in the title seems to appear everywhere on the Internet, but it is never attributed to anyone. Is there somebody who knows its origin?
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When quoting a quotation, how do you handle the double quotes?

Assume there is original source text: This restaurant is amazing with "delicious lasagna" and great service. Make sure you go 6-7pm for the quietest times. I want to quote "delicious lasagna" ...
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Straight quotes vs. curly quotes in formal writing [closed]

Should I use “ or " in very formal English writing?
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Some Chicken, Some Neck, what did Churchill mean?

I've been thinking about the following quote from Churchill "The contribution of Canada to the Imperial war effort in troops, in ships, in aircraft, in food, and in finance has been ...
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Never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense

I'm trying to translate this famous quote from Churchill Never give in--never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and ...
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“Disappointment is the nurse of wisdom.”

Is this an English proverb? On quotations websites, it is often attributed to Sir Boyle Roche, but it is not listed on WikiQuote (I added it to the list of unsourced quotes on the discussion page). ...
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Origin of “do not argue with idiots” [closed]

What is the origin of the phrase “do not argue with idiots”? Please cite some credible references. From googling around, I found these three variations. One came from the Bible but I couldn’t find ...
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A Question On Relative Pronouns & Conjunctions

I came across this quote from the movie RocknRolla: Oh, beauty is a beguiling call to death and I'm addicted to the sweet pitch of its siren. That that starts sweet ends bitter, and that which ...
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Is it acceptable to use 'that' followed by a direct quote?

New York Times: Even before President Obama declared this month that “I have Israel’s back” in its escalating confrontation with Iran, pro-Israel figures like the evangelical Christian leader ...
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What do these quotes mean?

What do these quotes mean? These quotes came to me together as a compliment. Does it mean good luck or does it mean something bad? Like dogs in a wheel, birds inside a cage, or squirrels in a very ...
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Quoting poor English in a news article? I don't often see “[sic]”

I don't stumble upon "[sic]" as I read newspapers. I think it's safe to assume that plenty of those who are quoted in articles have botched their grammar more often than not. Here's what I'm asking: ...
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What does it mean by “Revenge is a dish that tastes best when served cold”?

There's a famous Mario Puzo quote from The Godfather. Revenge is a dish that tastes best when served cold. How to interpret this sentence?
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Is “It is you who are mistaken!” correct? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What rules make “Remember me, who am your friend” grammatical? This is a line spoken by the Emperor to Luke in Star Wars. I always wondered if this is grammatically ...
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What's the meaning of 'sorry lot' in Albert Einstein's quote?

I just came across this quote by Albert Einstein when I was leafing through the book 'Super Cooperators: Altruism, Evolution, and Why We Need Each Other To Succeed': If people are good only ...
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Are commas properly used in “He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches.”?

George Bernard Shaw said, "He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches." Are commas properly used in these sentences? In my mind, the comma in each sentence improperly separates the noun ("he") from the ...
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Are software titles italicized?

The titles of freestanding works (books, movies, plays, albums, etc.) are italicized; smaller parts within these works (chapters in a book, articles in a magazine, songs within an album) are not (they ...
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What do you call second-party quotes within a quote?

On NPR this morning I heard a newscaster say a phrase something like this: (paraphrased) … Bank declined to interview, but in a phone call said, "We are making (quote) every effort (unquote) to …" ...
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looking for a certain quote/saying about winning, luck and practicing

I'm not sure if this the correct forum, but I can't seem to be able to google it so you guys are my only hope. I know there is a saying that means something like "you have to be lucky to win, but ...
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What does the phrase “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish” mean?

It was Steve Jobs's ending comment in the Stanford Commencement in 2005, and Jobs mentioned: Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. What does this phrase mean? I understand this may also seem ...
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What is the meaning of “I don't give a damn for someone that can only spell a word one way.”

What does it mean when a person says "I don't give a damn for someone that can only spell a word one way" when talking about give and take relationship? The situation goes like this: My friend ...
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Meaning of “beautiful mind”

In some movies, when people want to describe a genius they say Are you one of those beautiful mind guys? Does beautiful mind refer to the movie A Beautiful Mind, and does it mean genius? Is ...
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Where does this translation of Saint-Exupery's quote on design come from? [closed]

A very well-known aphorism from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is Il semble que la perfection soit atteinte non quand il n'y a plus rien à ajouter, mais quand il n'y a plus rien à retrancher. (Terre ...
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Using Multiple Sics in One Quote

If a quote is rife with errors, can a single [sic] be used at the end of the quote rather than after each error? She wrote, "Your [sic] making me weigh [sic] to [sic] sleepy." She wrote, "Your ...
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“Punctuality is the politeness of kings.”

Can someone please explain the meaning of: Punctuality is the politeness of kings.
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Meaning of “The most I ever did for you, was to outlive you, / But that is much”

What did the poet mean by the following lines? The most I ever did for you, was to outlive you, But that is much. — Edna St. Vincent Millay I am not able to understand the meaning ...
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What does “The Quality of Mercy is not Strained” mean?

I think I know what Shakespeare meant for Portia to be saying when he wrote this dialog between Shylock and Portia, and I found a decent discussion on the web here. What I want to know is, what do ...
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“Do you want to live forever?”

There's a famous story about a Marine sergeant at the Battle of Belleau Wood shouting "Come on, you apes. Do you want to live forever?" It's been attributed to several people; a character in ...
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Dealing with multiple layers of embedded quotes [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How are embedded quotations used? What's the Difference in Usage Between Using Single and Two Quotation Marks/Inverted Commas? Let's say I want to write a question here ...
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How are “yes” and “no” formatted in sentences?

If I am expecting an answer from a question and wish to state my prediction, do I need to use quotes around a simple "yes" or "no"? I think the answer is no. / I think the answer is "no." ...
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How to use possessive apostrophe with words in quotation marks?

How to us possessive apostrophe with words in quotes? For example, ...a few days later I discovered that those five little boys were not that well-behaved (as I firstly thought). In fact they were ...
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What punctuation should be used in the end of the direct speech before “but”?

There have already been several questions here about how to use punctuation properly in the direct speech. I've looked through most of them and didn't find an answer to my case. So here I go with my ...
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Can someone help me understand this quote about love?

Ah! a blessing beyond all fate; My sole mate 'tis my soul mate. I didn't get this quote. Let me know its meaning please.
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Use quotation marks for internal monologue?

In a similar vein to my previous question on styling written quotes, should I use quotation marks for interior monologue in narrative writing? It is common to use italics to denote thoughts: This ...
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Use quotation marks or italics for written quotes?

In narrative writing, should I use quotation marks or italics when I quote something someone wrote? I would go with italics to differentiate written from spoken quotes: “I know who the killer ...
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Punctuations for quotes in a list

"make a monkey of someone", " don't monkey with that lock!", and "where have you been, you little monkey!" are examples of sentences where monkey have different meaning. Should the comma be ...
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How to quote from a book which is a collection of stories by various authors?

I need to quote a sentence from a book which is a collection of stories of various authors. So usually when quoting a book I would put something like "lalalalala"(John Doe p.101) Now I am not sure if ...
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How to add contextualizing text to a quotation?

How do you add text which provides context to a quote? For example, consider if I were to quote someone as having said: This is unacceptable! Were that the whole quote, can I add any text to ...
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A saying for something that's good but also has a downside

I'm trying to transition from a list of pros to a list of cons, and would like to have some sort of transition quote. Something in the form of, "But, alas, (((something something quote quote)))" ...
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How to deal with quoting a grammatical error?

What should you do if you’re quoting someone, and that quote has a grammatical error? Say for example that I’m quoting this line from the American Pregnancy Association: The term used for a ...
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He who accuses the whole world convicts only himself

Or something like that. Does anybody know the exact text and source of this quotation?
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What is the best way to track down the origin and grammar of this quote?

The best way to know a man is to walk a thousand miles in his shoes. That way, he's a thousand miles away and has no shoes. I'm willing to bet it's a Jack Handey quote, as it's rather in that ...
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What's the rule for punctuating quoted words or phrases?

Please bear with me as I am not an English expert, only an aspiring amateur! I'm mostly aware of the rules regarding punctuation and quotes. Something like the following sentence makes sense to me: ...
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What is the best way to punctuate a list of questions in a declarative sentence?

In my report a need to write a list of example questions that someone might ask, but I would like to do it in a sentence rather than a separate list. Here is an example: This poses questions such ...
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Using quotes when referring to word as word

In the example I did not think about using the word "about". I feel that the word, about, should be wrapped in quotes. Is that correct?
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Quote about miscellany (?)

I'm trying to remember a certain quote representing the concept of miscellany (or randomness perhaps). I can't give much information except that it is of the form "Of ... and ... and ... etc.", ...
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Quote of some advanced text? [closed]

I am trying to make a video and in it I need a piece of advanced text. You should get the feeling that this text is just advanced for the sake of being advanced, not for any practical reason, and ...
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Quote meaning: A wife is essential to great longevity

Can anyone please explain to me the meaning of this quote? A wife is essential to great longevity; she is the receptacle of half a man's cares, and two-thirds of his ill-humor. -Charles ...
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How to quote someone's work

I had someone send me a piece recently that include a few quotes from an interview. The structure was (between the lines, items in parenthesis my addition): Here are a few quotes that support my ...
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When should end punctuation go inside quotes?

I have been/am being taught that end punctuation should always go inside quotes. For example, you are supposed to write: Marvin thought it was "awful." The problem is I do not see how does this ...