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Questions tagged [quote-identification]

For questions looking to identify the source of a quote.

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Is this quote by Goethe, and what is the source?

Is this a real quote? Few people have the imagination for reality I have seen it attributed to Goethe in 1815, but I cannot find the source..
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Where does Goethe refer to “from the deepest mountain valley to the highest mountain top”?

I'm not sure about the precise wording of the sentence, neither in english or german. But the quote is often used when referring to a mans life or career that has gone from the lowest low (e.g. ...
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What's the source of Michelangelo's quote: “Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.”?

Many quote Michelangelo as saying that "trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle." For example, the following passage is from the book Self-Help; with Illustrations of Character and ...
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“Rudyard Kiplings” elegi/ i chose life

I've had a spanish friend tell me of a poem that is claimed to be by Rudyard Kipling. However i was tipped off to it probably not being a Kipling poem by several facts: one, the english translation ...
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What was the exact wording from Ivanhoe of this advice on how to free yourself from slavery?

All you need to free yourself from slavery is a couple of pints of beer I read Ivanhoe for the first time translated into Spanish, and am having a heck of time finding the material in any English ...
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Bakhtin quote about flat plots and characters

Through serendipity (this question led me to Wikipedia article about Ian Watt) I found that that the Russian literary theorist Mikhael Bakhtin is supposed to have written that certain genres with flat ...
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Mann's introduction to the magic mountain?

I remember that the edition of the magic mountain I read around 7 or 8 years ago contained an introduction that was written by Mann and inspired by a lecture he gave about his book. I remember it ...
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“The British are the nation of amateurs” — is it really G. B. Shaw's quote?

I saw a quote in Russian language which is attributed to G. B. Shaw, but I haven't found its mentions on original language: In Russian: Англичане — нация любителей, а не профессионалов; их ...
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Looking for the source of a quote about moving to the edge and declaring it the new center

I once read a quote about getting to the top of your field by moving to the edge and declaring it the new center. It wasn't exactly in those words but if I remember correctly is came from someone in ...
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What did Conrad mean by teaching to see is everything?

Prof. Brooks Landon, U. Iowa, Ph.D. U. Texas at Austin. Building Great Sentences: How to Write the Kinds of Sentences You Love to Read (Great Courses) (2013). pp 16-17.     When I say ...
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Looking for an Aeschylus quote mistranslated from Polish

I am working through a book of poetry by Tadeusz Miciński, a Polish writer who was active toward the end of the 19th century. The book is called "W mroku gwiazd" or "In the Twilight of the Stars" and ...
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Flannery O'Connor's complaint about a certain letter

I recall that somewhere Flannery O'Connor complained about the condescending letter she received from her publisher, and I would like the exact reference / quote. The complaint was something along the ...
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Quote about using accurate words (e.g. not to exaggerate beauty) to not wear down their meaning

Many years ago, I seem to recall, I read a quote that discouraged the use of superlative words for mundane events, arguing that then, when we found something truly superlative before us, we'd find ...
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In what literature does Rumi say “You are the Soul of the Soul of the Universe. And your name is Love?”

In what literature does Rumi say, "You are the Soul of the Soul of the Universe. And your name is Love?" Any slight modification of the verse, e.g. "The soul of the soul of the universe is love" can ...
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Does this quote belong to Goethe?

This quote is often attributed to Goethe. Did he actually write this? If yes, then where can we find it? It would be wonderful if there is a reliable source or a book so that I can quote it in my ...
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Which book is the maxim 大道無門 from?

From which book is the maxim 大道無門 Zen kōan だいどうむもん "Daidō mumon" "to achieve great understanding there is no single but thousands of ways".
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Source of the quote “The only bad question is an unasked one”?

There are many variations on this phrase, but is there an original source which inspired the others, or is it just a piece of popular wisdom that's emerged naturally from humanity? Wikipedia has a ...
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Where does this quotation by C. S. Lewis come from?

On the internet I found this beautiful quotation by C .S. Lewis: "There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind". Now, I'd like to find the exact book where he wrote it.
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Source of quote “Our government should have no quarrel…”

I am looking for the source of a quote which William F. Buckley Jr. referenced once during a debate. I believe he said it was from "Admiral Fulbright," but I have been completely unable to find it ...
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Quote: “No more effective device has yet been invented to prevent one man from helping another as writing a book”

I thought I once heard something like the following quote: No more effective device has yet been invented to prevent one man from helping another as writing a book. or maybe There is no more ...
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In what book does Paul Dirac say, “Some new ideas are here needed”?

In an interview for the Yorkshire Television program Take the World from Another Point of View (1972), Richard Feynman said: You see, I have had in my life a number of pleasant experiences. One of ...
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Finding author and source of quote about holocaust

I cannot remember where I read a quote about holocaust (partial quote further down) and although I'm almost certain that it was from some jewish author who himself survived holocaust I cannot remember ...
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Source of quote: “Speaking the truth that somebody wants you not to publish is journalism. Everything else is marketing.”

Heard from a BitCoin motivational speaker: Oscar Wilde said, "Speaking the truth that somebody wants you not to publish is journalism. Everything else is marketing." However, we all know that ...
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Quote about renouncing power over another and hoping they will do the same back

I'm trying to track down a quote that, through a series of examples, expresses the author's desire to renounce any power they may have over the reader, each followed by their wish that the reader ...
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What famous writer said, “to accurately (or precisely) say how things are is to be truly revolutionary?”

The extended version is something like this: "to accurately say how things are (or how the world is) is to be truly revolutionary, to say how things (or how the world) should be merely reactionary." ...
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In which act/scene of Antigone (Sophocles) is this passage?

I just stumbled on this translation of Antigone by F. L. Lucas where it says: Wonders there are many, but there is no wonder wilder than man - Man who makes the winds of winter bear him, ...
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What is the source of Paul Theroux's quote: “Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.”

There is a quote about travel attributed to the writer Paul Theroux: "Travel is glamorous only in retrospect." This quote is used by a lot of writers on the Internet, but there is no citation ...
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What is the source of Paul Theroux's quote: “Tourists don't know where they've been, travelers don't know where they're going.”

There is a quote about travel attributed to the writer Paul Theroux: "Tourists don't know where they've been, travelers don't know where they're going." It shows up on web sites like Goodreads and ...
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Tracking down a literary quote about grammar

I once read a quote that goes something like, We should all be grateful to grammarians for saving us in fifty years from a grievous error. I think it's by Proust, but Google doesn't seem to ...
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Who wrote the poem that begins “What have we not done for this country”?

About 15 years ago I read a popular history (in the sense of popular science, not popular politics) of the 20th century which includes a short poem that I believe went as follows: What have we not ...
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Identify a possible quote by Shakespeare

To those familiar with Shakespeare, do you know where this phrase comes from? Robust grass endures mighty winds; loyal ministers emerge through ordeal
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What is the source of Herb Caen's “I have a memory like an elephant.”?

I found the following quote, attributed to author Herb Caen. I have a memory like an elephant. I remember every elephant I've ever met. However, my efforts to identify the source of this quote via ...
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Allusion by Albert Camus to another author

In Camus's essay The Sea Close By there's a sentence: This life rebellious to forgetfulness, rebellious to memory, of which Stevenson speaks. (page 5 of Penguin Classics 2013). Can anyone tell ...
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Who said this quote? Napoleon Bonaparte or Theodore Roosevelt?

Courage isn't having the strength to go on - it is going on when you don't have strength. Who said this quote? Napoleon Bonaparte or Theodore Roosevelt?
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On a quote of Hegel in L'été (Summer) of Camus

This is my first question on this website, so I am not completely sure that this is the most adequate one (I could have also tried Philosophy stack exchange). In the chapter "L'exil d'Hélène" of L'...
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Rilke's quotation by Jim Harrison

Jim Harrison likes to quote Rilke's "Beware, o wanderer, the road is walking too." Does anybody know where it comes from?
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Did Stefan Zweig tell this anecdote in The World of Yesterday"?

Many years ago I read The World of Yesterday by Stefan Zweig. I believe that in this book there was the following, real-life story: Shortly before the outbreak of World War II several intellectuals, ...
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Where did Rilke say or write “The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things”?

The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things. This quote is widely attributed to the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke, but I cannot find the source. Where did he say or write ...
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Where did the Robert Frost Quote “If we couldn't laugh, we would all go insane” come from?

I have found numerous sources that attribute the quote "If we couldn't laugh we would all go insane" to Robert Frost but for the life of me, I cannot find when / where he actually said / wrote it.
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Who said “Poetry is the art of giving different names to the same thing”?

Over on Skeptics, Laurel found some partial information in a quote from Mathematics as a culture clue and other essays: I once quoted that mot to a poet, and got the quick response: "Poetry is ...
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Did Stevenson really claim to have been inspired by brownies?

Jorge Luis Borges claims, in his Book of Imaginary Beings, that the author Robert Louis Stevenson attributed some of the stranger ideas in his writing to fantastical creatures such as brownies who ...
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“It might be for years, and it might be for ever,” - What is the original novel this quote appeared in?

There are many novels of the same period that have this quote in them based on my perusal through the Internet Archive but could anyone please tell me what the original source of the quote was? Thanks....
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Where is this quote about Man, Hero, Legend and Myth from?

This quote is scattered throughout the Web: Through action, a Man becomes a Hero Through death, a Hero becomes a Legend Through time, a Legend becomes a Myth And by learning from the ...
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Looking for a quote: “I'm a capitalist and a socialist and a communist and an anarchist and a monarchist”

I remember very well that I was reading somewhere or I've seen it on the TV that Federico García Lorca said something like "I'm a capitalist and a socialist and a communist and an anarchist and a ...
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Where is this Greek extract from?

Eἰς τὸν λειμῶνα καθίσας, ἔδρεπεν ἕτερον ἐφ' ἑτέρῳ αἰρόμενος ἄγρευμ' ἀνθέων ἁδομένᾳ ψυχᾷ [Eurip. frag. 754.] [sic] ['He sat in the meadow and plucked with glad heart the ...
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Which poem contains a phrase like "it was all done in Berlin in the thirties”

My father is adamant that he has heard a poem which contains a phrase like “it was all done in Berlin in the thirties”. Possibly read by Kenneth Williams. But Google search has let us down. Can anyone ...
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Who is the author of this quote about saying the right words on a mountaintop and changing the world?

I have a recollection of a quote I thought came from Heinrich Heine. My recollection of the quote is something like this: If you go up to the mountaintop and say the right words, the whole world ...
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Who wrote a specific poem in the movie 'Dead Poets Society'?

Who wrote "Show me the heart unfettered by foolish dreams…And I'll show you a happy man." ? It was spoken by George McAllister (=the character name of the Latin teacher "the Realist" in Dead Poets ...
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On what occasion did Shelley say “Keats was a Greek”?

Once Shelley said, "Keats was a Greek." What was the context? Whom did he say this to?
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Who is the author of the quote: “We build too many walls and not enough bridges”?

I narrowed my search to two Newton: Joseph Fort Newton and Isaac Newton. I think the first one did it. I see four solutions: Joseph Fort Newton wrote it. Isaac Newton wrote it. Both wrote it (maybe ...