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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 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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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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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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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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Quotation: If I quote a nickname for a team do I have to quote it everytime I use it?

I'm writing an essay about the violence caused by Manchester United fans during the 1990s. In the article I'm basing my essay off of they say they call themselves "Jibbers." If I quote the nikcname ...
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Quote about “good quotes by bad person”

I remember reading at some point a quote by a renowned individual about not hesitating to use a good quote in spite of a dishonourable or unimpressive source. Could anyone suggest what the exact quote ...
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What does “spent” mean in this quote?

At last, Lady Evenstar, fairest in this world, and most beloved, my world is fading. Lo! we have gathered, and we have spent, and now the time of payment draws near. The word spend in contrast of ...
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What are the rules for the “other” usage of quotation marks? (See, I just did it)

I've seen a lot of references to how quotation marks are to be used - generally to convey an exact quote - something that someone said. However, there is another usage I see a lot. I don't understand ...
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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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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 verb-...
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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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What does this quote mean: "Why is this thus? And what is the reason for this thusness?

In the movie 'Lincoln', Abraham Lincoln portrayed by Daniel Day-Lewis says this to Representative Ashley: "Why for instance is this thus, and what is the reason for this thusness." What does that ...
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Name position in headlines with quotations

When somebody has said something to be used in a headline, sometimes the person's name appears before the colon character, and sometimes after. In some cases, a dash replaces the colon. Why is that, ...
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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 ...