A quotation, like a pun, should come unsought, and then be welcomed only for some propriety of felicity justifying the intrusion.
Misquotations are the only quotations that are never misquoted.
An epigram often flashes light into regions where reason shines but dimly.
—Edwin P. Whipple
I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
Famous remarks are very seldom quoted correctly.
Everything of importance has been said before by somebody who did not discover it.
—Alfred North Whitehead
I have suffered a great deal from writers who have quoted this or that sentence of mine either out of its context or in juxtaposition to some incongruous matter which quite distorted my meaning , or destroyed it altogether.
Quotation, n: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another.
One must be a wise reader to quote wisely and well.
—Amos Bronson Alcott
Be careful -- with quotations, you can damn anything.
Write a wise saying and your name will live forever.
It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims.
The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation.
A quotation in a speech, article or book is like a rifle in the hands of an infantryman. It speaks with authority.
To be amused by what you read--that is the great spring of happy quotations.
—C. E. Montague