Dorothy Parker Page

“How do people go to sleep? I'm afraid I've lost the knack. I might try busting myself smartly over the temple with the night-light. I might repeat to myself, slowly and soothingly, a list of quotations beautiful from minds profound; if I can remember any of the damn things.”

- Dorothy Parker

Marlene Dietrich Page

“I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself.”

- Marlene Dietrich

Nicolas Chamfort Page

“Most anthologists of poetry or quotations are like those who eat cherries or oysters, first picking the best and ending by eating everything.”

- Nicolas Chamfort

Source/Notes: Maximes et anecdotes (1795)
Winston Churchill Page

“It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. Bartlett's Familiar Quotations is an admirable work, and I studied it intently. The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.”

- Winston Churchill

Source/Notes: Chapter 9 (Education At Bangalore) - My Early Life: A Roving Commission (1930)
Anonymous Page

“Life is like quotations. Sometimes it makes you laugh. Sometimes it makes you cry. Most of the time, you just don't get it.”

- Anonymous


Walter Benjamin Page

“Quotations in my work are like wayside robbers who leap out armed and relieve the stroller of his conviction.”

- Walter Benjamin

Source/Notes: Selected Writings: 1913-1926 (1996 edition), Harvard University Press - ISBN: 9780674945852
Robert Burns Page

“I pick my favourite quotations and store them in my mind as ready armour, offensive or defensive, amid the struggle of this turbulent existence.”

- Robert Burns

Source/Notes: The works of Robert Burns; with Dr. Currie's memoir of the poet, and an essay on his genius and character by prof. Wilson (1844), p. 276, "General Correspondence", "No. CCXXXV, To Mrs. Dunlop, Dumfries, 6th December 1792"
Maurice Chevalier Page

“It is always the same: women bedeck themselves with jewels and furs, and men with wit and quotations.”

- Maurice Chevalier

Guy Debord Page

“Quotations are useful in periods of ignorance or obscurantist beliefs.”

- Guy Debord

Source/Notes: Vol. 1, pt. 1 - Panegyric (1989)
Benjamin Disraeli Page

“The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations.”

- Benjamin Disraeli


George Eliot Page

“In spite of his practical ability, some of his experience had petrified into maxims and quotations.”

- George Eliot

Ralph Waldo Emerson Page

“I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Source/Notes: Spokesmen for the self: Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman (1971 edition) - ISBN: 9780810204164
William Feather Page

“The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages is preserved into perpetuity by a nation's proverbs, fables, folk sayings and quotations.”

- William Feather

Lawrence Halprin Page

“Let me just say something that I forgot, I also hoped and this was very true in the beginning - that this would also be a place that people would be able to walk in to the fountain and use it in a nice way of reading and examining the quotations on the blocks.”

- Lawrence Halprin

Carolyn Heilbrun Page

“The point of quotations is that one can use another's words to be insulting.”

- Carolyn Heilbrun


Karl Kraus Page

“The trouble with Germans is not that they fire shells, but that they engrave them with quotations from Kant.”

- Karl Kraus

Thomas Love Peacock Page

“A book that furnishes no quotations is no book - it is a plaything.”

- Thomas Love Peacock