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A Quote by William Somerset Maugham on ability, quotations, and wit

The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.

William Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965)

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A Quote by William G. Hoffman on ambition, animals, army, art, boasts, cheerfulness, daughters, engineering, facts, fame, familiarity, fighting, freedom, gifts, god, good, heroism, history, information, injustice, innocence, jesus, justice, labor, laws,

1. A big black bug bit a big brown bear. 2. Bring a bit of buttered brown bran bread. 3. Just which one he wants I don't know. 4. His daughter was going to New York to study law. 5. That's the question that really troubles him. 6. Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind. 7. Thou wouldst not play false yet wouldst wrongly win. 8. Amidst the mists and coldest frosts, With stoutest wrists and loudest boasts, He hits his fists against the posts, And still insists he sees the ghosts. 9. An Austrian army awfully arrayed, Boldly by battery besiege Belgrade; Cossack commanders cannonading come, Deal devastation's dire destructive doom; Ev'ry endeavor engineers essay, For fame, for freedom, fight, fierce, furious fray. Gen'rals 'gainst gen'rals grapple,-gracious God! How honors Heav'n heroic hardihood! Infuriate, indiscriminate in ill, Just Jesus, instant innocence instill! Kinsmen kill kinsmen, kindred kindred kill. Labor low levels longest, loftiest lines; Men march 'midst mounds, motes, mountains, murd'rous mines. Now noisy, noxious numbers notice nought, Of outward obstacle o'ercoming ought; Poor patriots perish, persecution's pest! Quite quiet Quakers "Quarter, quarter" quest; Reason returns, religion, religion, right, redounds, Suwarrow stop such sanguinary sounds! Truce to thee, Turkey, terror to thy train! Unwise, unjust, unmerciful Ukraine! Vanish vile vengeance, vanish victory vain! Why wish we warfare, wherefore welcome won Xerxes, Xantippus, Xavier, Xenophon? Yield, ye young Yaghier yeomen, yield your yell! Zimmerman's, Zoroaster's zeal Again attract; art against arms appeal. All, all ambitious aims, avaunt, away! Et caetera, et caetera, et caeterä.1 10. I am the very model of a model major-general, I've information vegetable, animal, and mineral, I know the kings of England, and I quote the fights historical, From Marathon to Waterloo, in order categorical; I'm very well acquainted too with matters mathematical; I understand equations, both the simple and quadratical; About binomial theorem I'm teeming with a lot of news- With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse; . . . I'm very good at integral and differential calculus; I know the scientific names of beings animalculous; In short, in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral I'm the very model of a modern major-general.2 1 Anonymous, "Alliteration, or the Siege of Belgrade" Bartlett's Familiar Quotations 2 The Pirates of Penzance

William G. Hoffman

Source: The Speaker’s Notebook

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A Quote by William Butler Yeats on quotations

"The sun in a golden cup" . . . though not "the moon in a silver bag," is a quotation from the last of Mr. Ezra Pound's Cantos.-W. B. YEATS

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: note in The Winding Stair and Other Poems

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A Quote by William Bourke Cockran on inspiration, learning, meetings, quotations, and style

Adlai Stevenson, himself a notable speaker, often reminisced about his last meeting with Churchill. I asked him on whom or what he had based his oratorical style. Churchill replied, "It was an American statesman who inspired me and taught me how to use every note of the human voice like an organ." Winston then to my amazement started to quote long excerpts from Bourke Cockran's speeches of 60 years before. "He was my model," Churchill said. "I learned from him how to hold thousands in thrall."

William Bourke Cockran (1854 - 1923)

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A Quote by W. I. E. Gates on army, quotations, and time

Stronger than an army is a quotation whose time has come.

W. I. E. Gates

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A Quote by unknown on laughter, life, quotations, and time

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

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A Quote by unknown on authors, newspapers, order, quotations, and wisdom

In order to carry any amount of weight, it seems that a quotation must be from an author of national or universal importance. Nevertheless, one often finds, hidden away in an obscure paragraph in a newspaper or magazine a gem of wisdom that deserves much greater prominence.

unknown

Source: Albert W. Daw Collection

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A Quote by unknown on food and quotations

Beware of food products whose ingredients are in quotation marks.

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A Quote by unknown on belief, people, and quotations

People are more likely to believe a quote if it is anonymous.

unknown

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A Quote by Stephen William Hawking on god and quotations

God not only plays dice. He also sometimes throws the dice where they cannot be seen. See related quotation from Albert Einstein.

Stephen Hawking (1942 -)

Source: Nature 1975 257.

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