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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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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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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 '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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What is the meaning or context of this Mark quote [closed]

“I once sent a dozen of my friends a telegram saying 'flee at once - all is discovered.' They all left town immediately.”
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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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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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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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On reading Allie Brosh's book

There is a question/answer paragraph with misty meaning: Q:Are mom and dad still alive? A:Actually, you turned out to be Batman, so we had to have them put down for story-line purposes. ...
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How to use quotes in a list with commas

This is a sentence that I wrote: In the text, words such as greenbacks, ironclads, and blockade were used. However, I think there should be quotations around the words. How would I place them? ...
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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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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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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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“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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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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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 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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Can or should you use two ellipsis points in one large quote?

So if i were to quote an author and I want to add a later part to an earlier part by putting it in the middle of the first quote? an example : The researcher, led by Woo-Suk Hwang, insist they ...
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What is the meaning of the quotation below?

“Perfection is a trifle dull. It is not the least of life’s ironies that this, which we all aim at, is better not quite achieved.” — W. Somerset Maugham
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Formatting and ellipses when quoting parts of a list

When quoting a list not in its entirety, but only the points 2–5 of 10, how do I set out the quote? Do I add "..." at the beginning and end of the quote as shown below? ... 2. At all ...
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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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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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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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quoting and punctuating a quote within parentheses

How do I make sure to punctuate my quotes within parentheses correctly? For example: Joe did not demonstrate insight into how he might alter his behavior to improve his social interactions (e.g., ...
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Meaning of Goethe quote

While watching the latest episode of 'Poirot' series, I came across this Goethe quote in the beginning of the episode. Beginnings are always delightful; the threshold is the place to pause. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 “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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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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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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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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Displaying a Quote

What is the proper way to display a quote? Is it different when you provide a written quotation versus something someone said? Some variation examples I see: "The ancestor to every action is a ...
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Meaning of a quote from “The Quiet American”

Innocence always calls mutely for protection when we would be so much wiser to guard ourselves against it: innocence is like a dumb leper who has lost his bell, wandering the world, meaning no ...
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How do I quote in a paper a quote that someone else used in a book?

I'm writing a paper using Aldous Huxley's The Perennial Philosophy. Huxley doesn't use a single word when he quotes, his book is full of complete quotes that aren't a part of a sentence or a ...
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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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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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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 ?