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Source of the quote “Life is a balance between holding on and letting go” from Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī (Rumi)

There is a quote in the Internet which says: "Life is a balance between holding on and letting go". People cited it to Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī (Rumi). My question is that: What is the ...
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A quote on failure and triumph attributed to Kierkegaard by Camus

In chapter 3 of his essay The Myth of Sisyphus / Le Mythe de Sisyphe, Camus discusses how several philosophers who have dealt with what he calls the absurd. One of these is Kierkegaard, of whom he ...
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Where is this passage by Nabokov on the power of language located?

I’m losing my mind, because I’ve lost a quotation that I had a few weeks ago and now can’t relocate it for the life of me. It was from either Brian Boyd’s two-volume biography of Nabokov, or from his ...
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Origin of the quote “Sadness is caused by intelligence”?

In social media (1)(2)(3), I have found: "Sadness is caused by intelligence, the more you understand certain things, the more you wish you didn't understand them." — Charles Bukowski. But yet ...
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Quote like “Learn the call of birds and you will never be alone” source?

I read this quote a few years ago and cannot remember the source. I could be misremembering it or combining two quotes together? I just took up birding and this quote is so true: there are not many ...
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Where did D. H. Lawrence say that (in his works) he is not concerned with character or personality?

Terry Eagleton's book How to Read Literature contains a chapter entitled "Character" which discusses various approaches toward "character" throughout the history of literature. One of the authors ...
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In which interview did Camus say that Meursault is the only Christ we deserved?

In two YouTube videos about Albert Camus's novel L'étranger / The Stranger, I have found the followinng quote, which supposedly comes from an interview from 1955: Meursault est le seul Christ que ...
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Did Swift really say, ‘Puns are disliked by none but those who can't make them’?

A recent question asked about the source of a quote about puns attributed to Edgar Allen Poe. @Rand al'Thor found out that the quote could be found in Poe's marginalia but that the idea was older. @...
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Where is the Poe quote “Of puns it has been said that those who most dislike them are those who are least able to utter them” from?

While researching an answer for the question What does Dupin mean about a seal formed of bread?, I was looking up material related to the author Edgar Allan Poe and his use of puns. I found this quote,...
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Origin of “All civilizations think they are witnessing the end of the world”

I once read a book that had this phrase and sadly I never bookmarked it. I don't remember the exact words but is the idea in general. Does someone know where does it come from?
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Looking for a source for a (Christian) metaphor about the soul being like a bird that flies through the house

I remember a beautiful quote about the soul being like a bird that flies through a house at night. Its entrance out of darkness through the first window is birth, and its exit through the second ...
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Searching for a statement about development in society

I'm remembering a statement or quote I once read which I think was about society and its development. I don't remember it exactly though and would also like to know its origin. It went something like: ...
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Does this quote by Martial really exist?

On Wikipedia I came across a quote by Tacitus which says: To ravage, to slaughter, to usurp under false titles, they call empire; and where they make a desert, they call it peace. From my ...
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Did Rumi actually say “Silence is the language of God; all else is poor translation”?

Silence is the language of God; all else is poor translation. I found this quote, like many, attributed to Rumi (one, two, three non-verifiable sources). Since Rumi quotes are notoriously often ...
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A quote supposedly by Jean de La Fontaine

So, my Latin textbook, Hereditas Linguae Latinae, tells me (in the lesson about deponent verbs) that Jean de La Fontaine wrote, at the end of his fable The Cock and the Jewel, a Latin saying Stulti ...
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A quote supposedly from Gustave Flaubert

So, do some of you happen to know, did Gustave Flaubert really say Pulchritudo vitae in vico, ea videtur solummodo a poetis, ea non videtur a hominibus in vicis. or anything like that? If so, where? ...
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Where did Whitehead say that there is no humour in the Bible?

The Philosophers' Magazine has a Twitter account for quotes. Today it posted the following quote: The total absence of humour from the Bible is one of the most singular things in all literature. ...
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Did Ezra Pound write something like “The word communicates the thought, the tone the emotions”?

In Italy it is often attributed to Ezra Pound the following quote without source: la parola comunica il pensiero, il tono le emozioni It translate more or less to "The word communicates the ...
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Source of Diderot quote about tools and ideas

In the German book Usability und UX kompakt by Michael Richter and Markus Flückiger (Springer, 2016, page 159), I found the following quote, which the authors attribute to Denis Diderot: Die einen, ...
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What is the source of “You can achieve a lot with hate, but even more with love” (Shakespeare?)

I have seen a postcard with a quote "You can achieve a lot with hate, but even more with love", signed "Shakespeare", in a French bookshop. The quote is not exact, because I have translated it back ...
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Looking for a quote from 1984 about the party's immortality vs personal mortality

What is the quote from 1984 where Winston tells O'Brien that O'Brien is mortal, and O'Brien responds that what matters is the party's immortality and not his own? It was during a sort of "ask me ...
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Reference for Dante Quote

I have heard that the quote “The Devil is not as black as he is painted.” is due to Dante. Can someone please provide me a with a reference for this? I am guessing that it is somewhere in the Divine ...
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What is Baltasar Gracián's original quote to “Some never arrive at being complete, somewhat is always awanting”?

Can anyone find the original quote from Baltasar Gracián in the Spanish he wrote this in? Some never arrive at being complete, somewhat is always awanting. From The art of worldy wisdom.
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What is the text Ivan refers to in the preface to the Grand Inquisitor

Before declaming the Grand Inquisitor in the Brothers Karamazov, Ivan refers to a poem with the virgin Marie visiting Hell and begging God for mercy for its inhabitants. Is this a real poem? If so, ...
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Where did Thomas Nashe get the Latin quote he attributes to Epicharmus?

In the novel The Unfortunate Traveller, Thomas Nashe attributes a Latin quote to a certain Epicharmus (italics from the original): The onely precept that a traveller hath most use of, and shall ...
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source of a certain Asimov quotation

Somewhere Isaac Asimov remarks that the citadel of truth can only be breached by a brute-force assault. I would like the exact source of this quote.
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Which part of Propertius' Elegies is Castania referring to?

In Robert Greene's novel Gwydonius; The Carde of Fancie, Castania says to her suitor Valericus (italics from the original, bold by me), Ah Valericus, hast thou forgot the saying of Propertius, that ...
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Which part or quote in Cicero is Greene referring to?

In Robert Greene's novel Gwydonius; The Carde of Fancie, one of the characters, Castania, uses the following words in her rejection of Gwydonius (italics from the origin; bold by me): Better it is ...
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Source of “Immortalised in Prose, A God Among the Pages”

I'm pretty sure this comes from an English poem, referring a woman's beauty. The author suggests that roses fade and wither, and that by describing her in written word keeps her alive forever. That ...
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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 that ...
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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 ...