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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ?
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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 ...
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How is this quote interpreted? [closed]

I was going through Goodreads and found this quote “Show me a hero, and I'll write you a tragedy.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald I thought it means behind every hero there is a story of his ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Quoting: original vs different source?

On my bag, I have a quote: Be not inhospitable to strangers lest they be angels in disguise. I thought the quote was from Shakespeare on my bag. However, it is also a quote from the bible. If I ...
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Caveats of punctuation of nested quotes

I've found "How to punctuate a quote within a quote?" where the correct punctuation for the given example of nested quotes was: “He leaned close to me, and said in a gravely and drunken voice, ...
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Punctuation immediately after a question mark in a quote? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I punctuate around quotes? Comma placement when using quotes that end with a question mark Say you're quoting someone with a requirement for a punctuation, ...
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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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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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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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“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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punctuation of “damned if you do and damned if you don't” [duplicate]

Personally, I think quotes are best, but lately, I'm hearing that quotes are incorrect and dashes should be used between the words. What say you? damned-if-you-do and damned-if-you-don't or ...
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Nested/embedded quotations (quoting quotes) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How are embedded quotations used? I'm having some trouble with this. Usually, I would quote with doubles, and then singles within. But this is becoming a bit confusing ...
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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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where to put the comma between two distinct quote? [duplicate]

Where should I put the comma and the quotes in such a sentence? The comments were significantly focused on my being “engaging, patient and extremely helpful,” “very coherent and ...
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Using quotations and commas in a list format [duplicate]

Is this correct ... ... accustomed to phrases such as: “War”, “Random Searches”, “Security Checkpoints”, “Weapons of Mass Destruction”, and “Acceptable Losses”. or should it be ... ... accustomed ...
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What does this quote mean to you? [closed]

I'm assigned to read the book called Life at the Bottom by Theodore Dalrymple, and I'm reading a quote in the book, but I don't really understand it. “Such flattery is thus the death of ...
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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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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. ...