Questions related to (semi-)famous quotations.

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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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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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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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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 [on hold]

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 Theoden's quote in The Two Towers 'oft evil will shall evil mar' mean?

The formulation of this phrase seems odd and I can't pick the full meaning out of it. He says it after Wormtongue has thrown the Palantir out of Orthanc, which seems to be a great example of evil ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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The meaning of “Mid or feed”

What does the expression "Mid or feed" mean? I realized it was a quote from Einstein. In addition, what's the meaning of the "mid" and the "feed" in this semi-context? After a Google search, I see ...
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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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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 “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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“), 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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What does “God sends meat and devil sends cooks” mean?

What does the quote God sends meat and devil sends cooks by Thomas Deloney mean? And if it doesn't have a specific meaning, in which situation can I use it?
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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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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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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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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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What does this quote/excerpt mean?

I read the following lines somewhere on the Web: If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained, you will suffer defeat. If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need ...
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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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 ...