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Confused by the syntax or grammaticality used in this quote by Karl Marx. Please help?

The quote is from the Manifesto of the Communist Party: No sooner is the exploitation of the labourer by the manufacturer, so far, at an end, that he receives his wages in cash, than he is set ...
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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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Sardonic or sarcastic tone?

Is this sentence sarcastic or sardonic? "But that, as far as I can tell, is not my point." (from Dave Barry's "Lost in the Kitchen")
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Punctuation for nested quotes at the end of a sentence

This is something I've gone back and forth on with a couple of writer friends and nobody is ever really sure what the correct punctuation format is, or whether there really is a format that's ...
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certain (humorous) quote about revision of an organization’s bylaws

I’m looking for a certain (humorous) quote that goes something like: “The demise of an organization begins when it revises its bylaws.” After 15 minutes of googling for it, I have given up and am ...
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punctuation for a quote followed by action

I have quotes followed by actions rather than speaker tags and don't know if I should then end the quote with a period rather than a comma. Example: "I'll be back as soon as possible." With that, she ...
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When I am quoting something does it need to be incorporated into my own sentence? (Also, should I use an ellipsis?)

I am writing an essay for my English class. At one point I make a statement about the book and end the sentence. Afterwards I've inserted a direct quote from the book on its own. Here's an example: ...
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What are the origins of the phrase “lead from behind”?

I'm aware of the phrase being used by Nelson Mandela in the context of servant leadership (as well as a few other leaders - What does “Lead from behind” exactly mean?), but I thought this phrase was ...
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Using a short quote at the beginning of a chapter

I want to use a short quote as an opener to a chapter in a university homework. Is there a literary term for this? How would I typeset the proverb shown most correctly for American English? ...
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Title of a movie in a one-word sentence [duplicate]

I'm curious about how I should form a sentence that has only the title of a movie, book, poem, etc in it and nothing else. Like, for example: Titanic. or Titanic. Do I put it in italics or not? What ...
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Is this a Fallacy: “Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right”? [closed]

This is in my quote collection and said by some Salvor Hardin. I forgot when and why I had added it to the collection, but now that I was randomly going through it, this quote has just stumped me. I ...
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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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Are there previous formulations of this quote from George R.R. Martin

I love this quote from George R.R. Martin — 'A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.' I just learned today of a similar formulation from St. Augustine ...
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quote/phrase for “more likely to use something if it is right there”

I am looking for a saying/quote/phrase that says that people are more likely to use something if it is right there and ready for use than if they need to put in effort to do so. A simple example ...
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Square brackets spanning multiple words

I'm familiar with the practice of using square brackets to replace part of a quote, such as altering a pronoun to make it fit in context. I am, however, unclear on the proper use given an altered ...
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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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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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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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Meaning and interpretation of Bilbo's “half as well” quote

In The Lord of The Rings, Bilbo says the following to his assembled guests at his eleventy first birthday party: I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half ...
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How is the word “nay” used in this sentence? [closed]

I've been trying to figure out the meaning of the following quotation from the Discourses on Livy by Niccolo Machiavelli, translated by Ninian Hill Thomson: The mass of mankind accept what seems ...
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Comma use in complex title

This, as put forth by Marc Cyr in his essay titled “Randall Jarrell’s Answerable Style: Revision of Elegy in ‘The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner[,]’[,]” is likely Jarrell’s intent. Where should ...
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What does “The past is never where you think you left it” mean?

It's a quote by Katherine Anne Porter. Does it mean "past won't happen again", or something different?
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Meaning of “It’s when you can’t even feel pain anymore that you're in real trouble” [closed]

Still, being able to feel pain was good, she thought. It’s when you can’t even feel pain anymore that you're in real trouble. What does this saying mean?
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What did Francis Bacon mean when he wrote this?

"There is little friendship in the world, and least of all between equals, which was wont to be magnified. That that is, is between superior and inferior, whose fortunes may comprehend the one the ...
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Is it acceptable to put quotes around trending new words? .. in material that is long lasting?

The following page has the sentence That makes them easily "mockable" for testing purposes, so you could create a MyMockTable : IMobileServiceTable<TodoItem> that implements your testing ...
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direct quote and adding a remark

I am currently writing an academic text and need to directly quote/cite text from a paper. What is best practice when I need to add a remark/note to the quote? For instance, I would do it like this: ...
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Quotes vs. colon convention [duplicate]

How do the following options differ in what they imply? Option 1 The real question is: what do you want to achieve? Option 2 The real question is, "What do you want to achieve?" Is there an ...
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Meaning of this Samuel Johnson quote [closed]

"The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality and instead of thinking how things may be to see them as they are." - Samuel Johnson
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Meaning of this Ben Jonson quote

Many men believe not themselves what they would persuade others; and less do the things which they would impose on others, but least of all know what they themselves most confidently boast.
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The proper use of Quotes with parenthesis, brackets, and braces [closed]

"{bla bla bla}" Do the quote marks go inside or outside the braces.
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Use of quotation marks allowed for made-up sentence in brochure?

Say, I wanted to make a flyer about a project that was carried out, and I wanted to make a statement stand out, is it ethical to use quotation marks around a statement that actually wasn't said by ...
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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. - Confucius 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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What does “Polite conversation is rarely either” mean?

What does the quote by Fran Lebowitz "Polite conversation is rarely either" mean? Does it mean "If it's polite it's likely not a conversation, if it's a conversation it's likely not polite?"
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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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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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What does “outstubborn” mean?

Came across the following quote: Never try to outstubborn a cat. Googling did not help. What does Outstubborn mean?
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What is it called when you change a well known quote to suit your subject? [duplicate]

For example, for the original quote we shall use, "One swallow does not a summer make". If someone were to say "One good quote does not a philosopher make" (No dig at Aristotle intended...), or "A ...
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What is the meaning of this quote as it applies to Native Americans? [closed]

Here is the quote: The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.
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How should I punctuate around quotes?

The American convention in quotations is (typically) to place punctuation inside quoted text. But I always run into situations where the punctuation of the quote interferes with the punctuation of the ...
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Did not get William Shakespeare's quote - “A fool thinks himself to be…”

A very well known quote by William Shakespeare A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. The first half is okay - a fool thinks himself to be wise (he's in ...
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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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how do you explain this quote [closed]

if the unjustice is part of the necessary friction of the machine of government, let it go...perchance it will wear smooth-certainly the machine will wear out... if it is of such a nature that it ...
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Source of “If the shoe fits, buy it in every colour” [closed]

What is the origin of the following quote: If the shoe fits, buy it in every colour I'm familiar with the phrase 'If the shoe fits...' and I'm curious as to whether this is a derivative and ...
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How do I interpret “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent”?

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent. - Salvor Hardin This sentence has always struck me as a bit off. I see two ways to interpret it: If violence is your last option, you are ...
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How do I deal with double quotes?

I'm writing a genre essay on the novel Breaking Dawn, and the beginning of the quote I want to use starts with quotation marks, like so: "My venom," he answered as he pushed the plunger down. So ...
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Meaning of “indispensable” in Thoreau quote [closed]

Most of the luxuries, and many of the so called comforts of life, are not only indispensable, but positive hinderances to the elevation of mankind. ~ "Walden", Henry David Thoreau In my ...
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Is there a specific word that means, “a quote from a poem?”

I was wondering if there is a simpler way to say, "a quote from a poem." I thought about the word excerpt, but that seems to apply to a bigger chunk of writing. Whereas in this instance, I am ...
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IEEE referencing standards [closed]

I'm writing a report and I need to use IEEE referencing standards in my work. I am referencing work as well as directly quoting it, sometimes immediately afterwards for example. Put simply, “the ...
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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 ...