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I've heard somebody call the person who says something which becomes well known as the author but it doesn't sound right to me.

Is it correct or is there a better word?

It should be appropriate in the sentence

  • The famous saying “Every problem is an opportunity in disguise” is attributed to both John Adams and Benjamin Franklin. If I had to bet on one of them, I would go with Benjamin Franklin as the _______.

And preferably in

  • Yes, both of them are ________.
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  • Do you mean quoter?
    – user403195
    Commented Nov 5, 2020 at 11:15
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    Can you please give a sentence with a space for where the candidate should be inserted. Commented Nov 5, 2020 at 12:15
  • Well, they’re famous.
    – Lawrence
    Commented Nov 5, 2020 at 13:30
  • A "quoter" is the person who quotes or references something, not the person who says the original thing. Sadly I don't have a better answer.
    – Stuart F
    Commented Nov 5, 2020 at 13:41
  • Sure @EdwinAshworth. The famous saying “Every problem is an opportunity in disguise” is attributed to both John Adams and Benjamin Franklin. If I had to bet on one of them, I would go with Benjamin Franklin as the _______. Commented Nov 5, 2020 at 14:54

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Better alternative to my previous answer: aphorist

Aphorism
2. a terse formulation of a truth or sentiment: ADAGE

Example: the high-minded aphorism, "Let us value the quality of life, not the quantity"

  1. an ingeniously terse style of expression: aphoristic language

Example: These are dazzling chapters, packed with perfectly chosen anecdotes and pithy with aphorism. — John Keegan

[Merriam-Webster Dictionary]

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    And if the saying is "Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get." then he's an aphorist Gump.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Nov 5, 2020 at 13:00

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