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Questions tagged [quotes]

Questions related to (semi-)famous quotations.

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What does “nothing unknown” mean in this quote?

I am reading a book which contains the following quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe at the beginning of a chapter: For him who seeks the truth, an error is nothing unknown. What does it mean? In ...
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Who is the author of the quote “you always want you enemies to think you are weaker than you actually are ”?

I remember hearing 2 american presidents (GWB and Bill Clinon) saying a quote resembling to "you always want you enemies to think you are weaker than you actually are "... I'd like to know the ...
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That's What She Said Quote

Okay, I'm sure most of you have seen this T-Shirt before. But I got to thinking about it the other day. It is obviously a reference to the time-honored tradition of That's what she said in response ...
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Which is standard usage in British English? [duplicate]

Which is standard usage in British English? He said, 'Bite me.' He said, 'Bite me'.
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British quotation rules [duplicate]

If the full stop doesn't belong to the quotation, which punctuation option is preferred in British English? He said, 'I've finished.' He said, 'I've finished'.
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Is it “allowed” to use a translated quote like as if they were said in English? [closed]

As far as I learned you need can quote word by word, showing changes like this: Albert Einstein: "The Internet is a great invention." Albert Einstein mentioned, that "[t]he Internet[sic] is a great ...
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Quote about making simple things complicated and complex things simple

I'm sure I have heard a quote in the past from someone famous (maybe Einstein? maybe not) about how it is easy to make something complicated but extremely difficult to make something simple. Is there ...
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Looking for a quote which is like “it's not for their sins, it's ours”

I came across this quote some years back and I don't remember it correctly. If I understood it correctly it implied that when some things go wrong (especially relationships) it's not the other person'...
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What does the quote “Only a fool see fools” mean? [closed]

What does the quote "Only a fool see fools" mean?? I just can't actually grasp the idea....
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Meaning of quote from 'God Emperor of Dune'

I'm trying to understand the meaning of a quote from the 1981 science fiction novel 'God Emperor of Dune' by Frank Herbert. The quote is; If it falls outside your yardsticks, then you are engaged ...
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Best way to express the purpose of quotes (scare quotes)

Patients have faced skepticism for years over whether CFS is a "real" disease. In the sentence above, how would you express the purpose of the quotes around "real"? I'm aware that scare quotes are ...
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Proverb/phrase for using a tool/process not intended for its purpose

I couldn't come up with a better title. So I have one of my colleague using a wrong tool/process to achieve something that this tool/process is not intended for. So basically its going to be ...
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APA Citation Quote + End of Sentence

How do we correctly (APA style) end a sentence that ends in a quote and requires a citation? The manual explains it as, "a method for doing something (author, year)." or The manual explains it ...
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Where to put the period after a quoted word [duplicate]

Here is the sentence: The result of the moisture-laden air entering window assembly is visible condensation or “fog”. Doesn't the period go after the g?
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“The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh would like to be remembered to you.” - what does that mean?

What does "would like to be remembered to you" mean in the statement: ""The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh would like to be remembered to you." ? This was later released by the Royal Household to a ...
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On usage of “What’s in a name?”

The most famous quote from Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” appears to have a more recent and different usage according to McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. What's in a ...
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Sentence Explanation - Seneca's On the Shortness of Life

I realized that your grief should not be intruded upon while it was fresh and agonizing, in case the consolations themselves should rouse and inflame it: for an illness too nothing is more harmful ...
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What would be a good quote or saying that says that “good quality is easily apparent?”

I'm trying to express that it's easy to tell when something is high quality. What would be a word, or better yet, a quote from literature, that expresses this?
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MLA quoting part of a sentence as a sentence

Let's say there is a sentence that I want to quote. eg. While John read a book, he fell off a cliff, and ate an apple. If I want to quote "he fell off a cliff, and ate an apple" as a sentence it ...
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Idiom/phrase when one takes some share from the shared resources & offers it to others as if he is offering with his own money & appearing generous

When Jack takes some leftover beverages (shared-resource) from chip-in that is contributed for a party without other member's consent and are yet required for the coming guests. Jack then leaves the ...
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Quote attribution and confusing sources

Someone informed me of a Sandra Day O'Connor quote : "We don't accomplish anything in this world alone... and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one's life and all the weavings of ...
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Using brackets in quotes: You['re] vs [You're]

Quick question, if the original quote is "You are..." but I'm attempting to combine the two words, would the correct way to use brackets be: a. [You're] (entire word in bracket) b. You['re] (...
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To capitalize, or not to capitalize inside the quote

I'm getting myself all sorts of confused since Google is both a proper noun and a verb. Which option is correct? A). This time, Google "Best natural skincare lines." B). This time, Google: best ...
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Punctuating quoted items in a list [duplicate]

Comma or not comma? That is the question! Notice they each tout features like, "Vitamins A, C, and E," "Olive Leaf Extract," and "Sustainable Orange Stem Cells." OR: Notice they each tout features ...
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What's the meaning of this quote? “May he who loves not others love himself.”

"May he who loves not others love himself." What's the meaning of this quote? I couldn't understand it.
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What does this Much Ado quote mean, "I can see a church by day light'?

I was reading through Act 2 Scene 1 of Much Ado About Nothing and I found the below rather difficult to interpret as I am stuck between two meanings. LEONATO: Cousin, you apprehend passing shrewdly. ...
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How to omit lines when quoting a play

I am citing the play All My Sons in an essay I am writing. I don't want to have a lot of unnecessary content in my quotes and I am not too familiar with quoting plays, so I want to ask how I should ...
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What is the proper way to quote multiple questions within one sentence without using bullets

Here is the sentence I am working with: Some of the reflection questions included are “What do you think is happening here?”; “How do you think the boy to the right feels? Why?”; and “What should the ...
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Meaning of Euripides quote

The quote would be "Every man is like the company he is wont to keep." What is the meaning of "he is wont to keep" in this quote? Merriam-Webster translates wont as accustomed, used or inclined, ...
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Quote (proverb like structure) of knowing one's options

I'm looking for a quote to use in a sentence that says if it's free and doesn't cost anything to know your options (like a free estimate to a customer) then it can't hurt to find out. And that knowing ...
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In the case of multiple successive quotes, does punctuation go inside or outside quotes?

She told me "take me out," "let's travel together," and "I love ice cream." or She told me "take me out", "let's travel together", and "I love ice cream". I always assumed that commas go inside ...
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Can I change company's name in quote from before the name was legally changed?

So in one of my reports I am quoting an executive who talks about the company "Company X" at a time when it was still called "Company X." This was a few months ago, and the company's name has since ...
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A quote from “The Folded Leaf” By William Maxwell

From The Folded Leaf By William Maxwell When describing Mr. Peters, the author writes: "Time is probably no more unkind to sporting characters than it is to other people, but physical decay ...
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Any existentialist quotes for the acceptance that life is difficult and meaningless, but we must persevere? [closed]

I'm looking for a quote that illustrates the difficulty of life but reassures that the difficulty will come to pass as long as we have the willpower. Particularly, maybe something slightly ...
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“None of us is” vs “None of us are”, Which is Correct? [duplicate]

Background We have a motivational poster in our office that says: None of us is as smart as all of us. I think that it's grammatically incorrect, and here is my reasoning: All of the tigers have ...
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When Several Quotes require [sic]

I have a research paper I'm writing on nutrition and weight loss. I've consulted several dietitians and nutritionists on 6 separate health-related questions and have all of their responses readily ...
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Quote/saying to mean “the only worthwhile object of study is Man himself”?

Looking for a known Greek/Roman quote/saying that expresses the opinion why the humanities are the only worthwhile subjects to study. Yes, dad. I know studying Philosophy is a waste of time but as ...
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Fullstop in a full quoted sentence in the middle of another sentence?

E.g., The statement made that "Apples are red." is wrong. Should it be a comma instead e.g., 'The statement made that "Apples are red," is wrong.'?
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What if there is an apostrophe in a quote, and that quote is in a quote? [duplicate]

I’m writing a passage with quotes from a book, but that quote has an apostrophe. What do I do if the situation is this?: “Yes, yes, I’ll tell you,” said John. Around that should be another pair of ...
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How to say what someone else said without using quote marks [closed]

I want to know when and how it is correct to quote someone else in a sentence without using quote mark. Which example sentence is correct? Example Sentence #1: My husband said he love me. Example ...
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Semicolon and quotes usage

Which of the following sentences are most appropriate? Hence, the teachers/educators need to look upon these points and further explore the child’s ‘behavior’; what the Psychologist call as the “...
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How to properly list quotes in a sentence

For a marketing class, I am listing three different slogans a company has. I have rewritten this a few times and I can't seem to get it to look correct. My question is should I make it one big quote ...
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Punctuation of quotes when transcribing informal conversations. I'm baffled!

I'm well aware of both the British and US rules regarding punctuation of quotes in stories and more formal dialogue, especially ending with 'she said' or 'I replied', etc. If it is an informal ...
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Comma after adverb in quote tag?

Do you add a comma after an adverb in a dialog sentence, such as "Stop it!" she yelled, loudly. Should there be a comma after yelled?
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Speech error whereby the speaker makes up a word [closed]

In this scene in The Sopranos, Anthony Soprano uses the term "penisary contact" when, in fact, there is no such word as "penisary". For a guy like that, who's going out with a woman, he could ...
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How do I punctuate (and continue a sentence) after a quote?

This is the sentence and quote in question (I know it's wrong, but I don't know how to fix it/the correct formatting): His quote, “The most dangerous thing is illusion.”, points to the idea that it ...
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What does the phrase “It's tough to be let down when you don't expect sh*t” mean? [closed]

Sorry for my language, but my student has just found this phrase somewhere and I'm not quite sure how to explain it.
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Is Robert Oppenheimer's phrase “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” grammatical in English? [duplicate]

Is physicist Robert Oppenheimer's phrase “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” grammatical in English? Why not "becoming" or "now I become"?
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What does Quentin Crisp mean with the quote “To know all is not to forgive all. It is to despise everybody”?

I came across a quote from Quentin Crisp, "To my disappointment I now realized that to know all is not to forgive all. It is to despise everybody. ", in a newsletter. However, I can't figure out ...
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Can I distinguish a self-coined phrase by putting it in quotes, even though I'm not quoting anything?

I've included a sort of catch-phrase ("power in property") in an essay I'm writing that I'd like to distinguish from the surrounding text. I decided to put it in quotes, even though I'm not actually ...