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Questions related to (semi-)famous quotations.

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What does this explanation mean? [closed]

This is a dialog from The Graduate. 1967 -Where is Alan St? -Alan st? It's 6 blocks up and 3 over.
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Idiom for depth of knowledge is harder to obtain as one gets deeper

In some subjects it is easy to learn a small amount about it, but hard, or time consuming, to learn everything about it. Chess for instance, one can learn how the pieces move around in a few minutes. ...
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Starting a new sentence after quotation

Is it acceptable to start a new sentence after a new sentence in the same line where a quotation just ended? For example: I asked the man in front of me where the meeting is about to take place. &...
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What does this quote of Elizabeth Gaskell mean?

How easy it is to judge rightly after one sees what evil comes from judging wrongly! -Elizabeth Gaskell
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Explanation of “I am as smart as I am humble.” [closed]

When a character replies to "Are you smart?" as: "I am as smart as I am humble." Is there a logical explanation as to whether the character means that he/she is smart or not smart, ...
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single quote and double quote

I have a question around the use of single and double quote. To the best of my knowledge, single quote is used to invite attention to a specific word in a sentence or to enclose double quotes within a ...
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Okay, so I have a question regarding quotations and commas

Basically I was writing a small prompt about relationships and was thinking about the general rules (I mean professionally writing not in the British way), you put a comma inside quotation of a quote ...
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What is the source of the quote “Dream in a pragmatic way.”?

As the title says, what is the source of the quote: Dream in a pragmatic way. Is it from Aldous Huxley? If it is, I would like to know the source: if it is a book or poem or whatever.
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Comparing Grammar of Two Forms of A Quote [closed]

First of all, I am not a native English speaker, so sorry if this question seems very basic for some of you. Among the following two quotes, which grammar would make more sense, and why: 1- original: &...
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fantasy and reality sayings

You should never act out a fantasy because the reality never matches up. Is this a famous saying (especially about sexual fantasies)? Or is there any sayings or quotes similar to this? I read this in ...
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The bigger the tree, the further the fruit falls

I overheard this once, but can't seem to find the origin of this quote. I checked Bartlet, Times, Yale, and Oxford, so I'm positive I heard it wrong. It might have been "the taller the tree."...
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Punctuation inside or outside quotations [duplicate]

I was taught that punctuation goes inside quotes. For example, this would be wrong: Mama opts to give Maggie the quilts because “Maggie knows how to quilt". But someone was reading my essay and ...
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Is there a famous quote saying something to the effect of ‘everything we've learned about x we learned through blood’?

I'm trying to recall a quote I read some time ago. The gist was that ‘Everything we've learned in/about x we learned through blood’, with the implication being that every current rule/practice in x ...
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The meaning of this sentence in detail

I'm watching Trevor Noah's video on YouTube. https://youtu.be/v4amCfVbA_c At about 7:30, 'But I think what people take for how much, for so many people, that feels like nothing, you know?' I don't ...
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Origin of the quote “Sadness is caused by intelligence”?

In social media (1)(2)(3), I have found: "Sadness is caused by intelligence, the more you understand certain things, the more you wish you didn't understand them." — Charles Bukowski. But yet ...
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How “So it would seem” phrase work?

There is famous quote from Pirates of Caribbean: Officer: That's got to be the best pirate I've ever seen. Norrington: So it would seem. I already learned that it basically is same as saying "...
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I'm wondering why [sic] is used in this sentence

I found the sentence "newapaperman's [sic] newspaper." But I don't know the reason [sic] is used in here. please help. Thanks.
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Origin of the saying “God must love the poor because he made so many of them”

The saying "God must love the poor [or the common people or the plain people] because he made so many of them" falls somewhere between a proverb and a famous quotation, but its origins are rather ...
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How to reference a specific named version/edition of a work like the NIV Bible?

I am aware that there are well-defined referencing methods, such as the MLA format. However, without adhering to MLA format, I wrote the following sentence in an answer on ELU.SE: Here's a poetic ...
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Use of 'period' at the end of sentence

I have observed this in some quotes or dialogues that people say 'period.' at the end of their sentence/quote. I wanted to ask why and when is it used
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What is the origin of the phrase “you can't put a price on freedom”?

It seems to me that the phrase is relatively well used, (it comes up in the Office, Archer (S04E09), on reddit in a context that seems to suggest common acceptance, etc.) Browsing through a few of the ...
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If I have a quotation that, within itself, quotes another source, how do I write an in-text citation for the nested quote?

While writing a literary criticism essay on Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, I cited another critique that quoted the novel itself. Within the outline I submitted to the teacher, the entire quote ...
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Quote similar to “the pen is mightier than the sword”

I'm looking for a quote that is similar to "the pen is mightier than the sword", which is commonly credited to Edward George Bulwer-Lytton. The quote should state the same thing, namely, that words ...
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Hitchens' quote “the cosmos barely bothers to return the reply: why not?” [closed]

To the dumb question "Why me?" the cosmos barely bothers to return the reply: why not?” I just wanted to know your opinion on what Hitchens means by this. Does he imply everyone is equal before ...
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Who originally said “A film is made/written three times”?

A movie is made three times: it’s made when it’s written, it’s made in production, and it’s made again in post. This is a very well known saying within the film industry, essentially explaining how ...
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Hyphenation and Quotes

If a book has the following passage "the red c-ar ran the yello-w light" and I want to use this passage in my paper, how do I go about removing the hyphenation? Do I write "X source says 'the red c[]...
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CMoS: Block quoting a quoted list with errors & line breaks?

Using the Chicago Manual of Style, I'm trying to block-quote a passage that looks exactly as follows: “(A) Blah blah blah, or ”(B) Something something.” <citation> The quotation marks are ...
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Short version of longer quotes

Where can i find the full version of the shorter quotes? Such as: Great minds think alike is actually a shorter version of Great minds think like, small minds rarely differ. Probably this is ...
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I'm trying to quote a point in the text and I want to skip to another part, how would i do this? [duplicate]

I would like to quote something and then add another point in the text for example: first part [other stuff] second part I would like to be able to use first part and then second part in the same ...
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What does large in too large for worry mean?

What does large mean in this quote which is extracted from this poem Promise yourself? Promise to be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit trouble ...
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“Quote unquote word”? [duplicate]

I keep hearing people say things like: I took off the quote unquote lid. That is, they say "quote unquote" followed by what they meant to quote. In reality, it means that they quoted an empty ...
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How to go backwards when quoting from something?

I am trying to take a quotation from a book (The Awakening if you're interested), but the part I am trying to quote does not well fit my sentence, I am wondering if there is an accepted way to quote ...
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Quoting multiple sentences in a short quote. No interruption

I've encountered this grammar several times while proofreading academic papers. There is a tendency among authors to use inline quotes with multiple sentences quoted. For example, John cited ...
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Interpretation of “For the listener, who listens in the snow, And, nothing himself, beholds Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.” [closed]

Regarding the poem "The Snow Man" by Wallace Stevens, can anyone please help me interpret the last stanza, the part marked in bold here? One must have a mind of winter To regard the frost and the ...
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Meaning of “I have often seen Essex cheese quick enough”

John Heywood (c. 1497–1580) once wrote: I never saw Banbury cheese thick enough But I have often seen Essex cheese quick enough. 1 2 The first line alludes to how a Banbury cheese was very ...
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Quote on awareness

I am in search of a quote or a sentence that exhibits the importance of awareness and tries to convey the fact that how the act of knowing something can lead to a huge difference.
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Using Quotes On Rhetorical Questions

I'm stuck in my high school essay. Should I use quotes when I'm asking readers a rhetorical question? In this case I wrote, The restrictions that many may, or may not be considering, are they ...
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Quotes around hypothetical questions?

I'm unsure about how to punctuate the last part of this sentence. Specifically, I'm don't know what to do about the hypothetical questions. Do I put quotes around them? Do I put a period after the ...
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I have a list of quotes put into bullet list form. Should quotation marks be used on each line or is there another punctuation format?

Here's my example text: Some typical examples from the 89 suggestions related to youth include the following: “Re-store boys & girls camp for our youth” “Would be helpful to have an activity ...
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Who originally said this quote, and when?

I would like to find the original source for the following quote. We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life when all that we need to make us happy is something to be ...
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'A mind is like a parachute'—who coined this expression, and when?

I recently received a Facebook notification from an online quotation site, which attributed the following saying to Frank Zappa: A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open. I ...
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There is a quote from Brene Brown which I don't understand [closed]

I know the meaning of every word in it, but I can't fully understand it. The quote is: “The ability, to hold something we’ve done or failed to do, up against who we want to be, is incredibly ...
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What is the meaning of “a personal odyssey of the self”? [closed]

I was reading the book The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari which has the following sentence: He describes his time in this far-away land as a personal odyssey of the self. What does this sentence mean?
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the meaning of a quote about cinema [closed]

I can't understand the meaning of these statement. The need of the hour is to promote good cinema and for this it needs to be incorporated in the academic curriculum. can anybody help me to know ...
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Properly transfer quote “stars should shine” into English

In Russian there is a sentence that can be directly translated as: "Stars should shine". But the nature of this statement means that talents should be exposed. Is it applicable in English to have this ...
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What does “A horse may stumble, though he has four feet.” mean?

English is not much of my first language, so I apologise for that first. I've search around on Google, and notice that it's sort of a Dutch Proverb, but not much explanation about what it means. May ...
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How best to punctuate a list of quoted questions?

This may not show up in common usage, but I write assessment reports and will often have to document the patient has several remaining questions for their physician. Since the report will be kept ...
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Is Oppenheimer's quote “I am become death” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

After J. Robert Oppenheimer made his discoveries of nuclear energy, he said a quote from Bhagavad-Gita, it goes as follows I am become death, the destroyer of worlds. Is this proper English?
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Meaning of a quote in the movie Casino (1995)

I am watching Martin Scorcese's movie Casino (1995) and there is lot of idioms. I am not native english speaker so I am searching for the meaning of quotes I didnt know already. I found meaning of ...
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Phrases starting with “The Fruits of …”

I was wondering if there were any other phrases starting with "fruits of ......" like "fruits of labor" and "fruits of love"... The phrases can have different meanings but they need to start with "...

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