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Questions seeking to identify the source of a quote. If possible, include the exact quote whose origin you're seeking, or describe it as closely as you can. (For questions seeking to identify a entire story or work of literature from some remembered details, use the [identification-request] tag instead.)

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Where did Wordsworth describe Keats's poetry as "very pretty paganism"?

While researching a question about one of Wordsworth's sonnets, I came across the article In the Ruins of Babylon: The Poetic “Genius” of John Keats by Paul Krause, which contains the following ...
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Quote identification: Schindler war ein kleiner Rabe

John Rabe is known for his humanitarian actions during the Nanjing massacre, cf. link to the German Wikipedia. I remember well, but might be mistaken, that in one version of the very same German ...
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Quote identification: Alles, was man lernen kann, lohnt sich nicht, gelernt zu werden

Long time ago, I don't know where but suspect in a Youtube video, I heard this German quote: Alles, was man lernen kann, lohnt sich nicht, gelernt zu werden. It might well be that this was a German ...
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A quotation by Jean Bernard

Jean Bernard [1907-2006] was a famous French medical doctor, also a University Professor and a researcher. He was a member of the Académie Française and wrote several books, both on scientific topics ...
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Looking for a quote conveying relation between answerer and asker of a question [closed]

Note: This is not one of those "I recall reading something like this, but where?"-questions. Instead, I have no idea if something matching my specific wishes exists to begin with. Thus on ...
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Is this quote about poet RS Thomas genuine, and if so, where is it from?

Welsh poet R. S. Thomas was also an Anglican priest. Despite being an ardent Welsh nationalist, his poetry is noted for its critical depictions of Welsh farmers, casting them as ignorant and ...
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Trying to find quote about urge to buy a new blank notebook

I have this quote written down in a story I'm editing, but the writer cannot remember where they got it from: None but a fellow poet might understand the urge to buy a new notebook, even if there may ...
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What is the source of this cheesy quote?

Many years ago, I came across this quote regarding Switzerland: Quelle pays sanguinaire, même le fromage est plein de trous. What a bloody country, even the cheese is full of holes. I seem to ...
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quote about white family happy to living in carboard box if black family does not have box?

I'm trying to find a quote that asserts something along the lines of a poor white American family will be happy to live in a cardboard box under a bridge as long as there is a black family without the ...
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When or where did Gustave Flaubert say that Alexander Pushkin's work was "dull"?

Tommaso Landolfi wrote that Flaubert, speaking about Pushkin, told to Ivan Turgenev: "Il est plat, votre poète." What are the sources? (plat, per Dictionnaire Le Robert, figuratively refers ...
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Source for quote about love wanting the loved one to suffer

I recently listened to someone read a text (possibly in Greek or Latin originally, but they were reading a translation of it) on the topic of love. The gist of it was that part of love is desiring to ...
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Source for quote saying "why don't you want to die" or "why do you want to live forever"

I recently read a quote saying "why don't you want to die" or "why do you want to live forever". It must be an old book (antiquity). The author asked this to someone. I don't ...
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What's the source of the so-called Chinese proverb, "it is only when mosquito land on your balls..."

Recently a tweet from @Cultination1 on X went viral on the Chinese internet. In the tweet, the following quote is labelled as "Chinese proverb": « C'est en voyant un moustique se poser sur ...
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Who coined the phrase, "the Stoic Mistake"?

Forty-odd years ago I read something to the effect that ‘the Stoic mistake was to believe that a man could always be capable of what he was capable of at his best’. (I am sure this is inexact) Does ...
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Origin of Dostoevsky quotation, used in "The Midwife"

In Katja Kettu's novel The Midwife, the character Scarface first greets Wild-Eye with the mysterious question, "The mice squealing for you yet?". Wild-Eye initially assumes that the man was ...
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In 'East of Eden', which character referred to "the free, exploring mind of the individual human"?

I'm trying to find out who I can attribute a well-known quotation from John Steinbeck's East of Eden to, but I can't access a copy of the book, and my internet research only comes up with "John ...
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Quote identification by Weierstraß

At one of the few occasions a mathematician expresses himself outside his technical works, I've read, maybe in a short autobiographical or a note on pedagogy specifically, someday a quote by Karl ...
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Rumi quotation on how dancing is not painless

Please help me to find where Rumi says that: Dancing is not getting up painlessly like a speck of dust blown around in the wind. Dancing is when you rise above both worlds, tearing your heart to ...
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Searching for exact wording of a quote about a father living two lives, his own and that of his son

[edited] I remember it from decades ago when I was into reading quotation collections. I interpreted it as meaning how a father might see himself in his son and guide him away from certain experiences ...
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Where might the following quote about circular reasoning and land ownership be from? [closed]

"I accept only one notion of land property. Namely, 'I am doing my stuff here, therefore I am here". "But this means," he responded, "you can break into any place and stay ...
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What is the source of this poem/song Captain Hastings quotes in Agatha Christie's "The Market Basing Mystery"?

Agatha Christie's short story "The Market Basing Mystery," narrated by Hercule Poirot's companion Captain Arthur Hastings, includes the following: "This is the life," said Japp. &...
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Did Philip Larkin use a swearword while quoting from Pym's Excellent Women?

In a letter to Barbara Pym dated 18 July 1971, Philip Larkin allegedly wrote: I reread Excellent Women before coming away—what a marvellous set of characters it contains! Sometimes it's hard to ...
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Where did J.M. Barrie say that his works either "peter out or pan out"?

Many quote websites, as well as some sites about literature, attribute the following quote to J. M. Barrie: Some of my plays peter out and some pan out. This is pretty funny since he's best known as ...
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Did Voltaire say, "I’m not a believer, but I prefer my barber to be a Christian"?

I've been haunted by a quote from my teenage years that goes something like, "I’m not a believer, but I prefer my barber to be a Christian, even more when he’s using his razor on my neck." ...
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What is the source of this quote within Agatha Christie's The Mysterious Mr Quin?

In Agatha Christie's short story "The Face of Helen," Mr Satterthwaite sees an extremely beautiful young woman named Gillian West. His first impression is that she ranks with legends such as ...
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Why is Reepicheep so heroic?

Reepicheep the Talking Mouse is probably the most courageous and valiant character in the entire Narnia series. Many times, in the books where he appears (Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn ...
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Where did Aristotle say that a good upbringing is needed for ethics?

In his hilarious review of The Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today's Students (1987), Robert Paul Wolff claims, straight-faced, ...
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Quote source: "How do you never run out of ideas? You remember those of your youth." - or similar

I remember an English quote; it goes roughly like this: "How do you never run out of ideas? You remember those of your youth." - or similar... Who said this and where? I think I read this ...
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Where is this quote in the book series A Song of Ice and Fire?

I'm looking for a quote in the book series A Song of Ice and Fire, but I can't remember which book or chapter. I also can't remember which character said it nor the exact quote, but it was something ...
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"When you commit a murder, you make about twenty-five mistakes. If you can figure out ten, you're a genius." What movie had this quote?

In the John Grisham books The Client and The Partner, a quote appears that goes roughly like this. When you commit a murder, you make about twenty-five mistakes. If you can figure out ten, you're a ...
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Where did Asimov say this quote, about women becoming lawyers vs doctors or engineers because math was not required?

On the TvTropes page "Everybody Hates Mathematics", in the section of examples from "Real Life", there appears the following excerpt: Isaac Asimov once wrote in an editorial that ...
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What is the source of the quote "You can see a lot, just by looking"?

What is the source of: You can see a lot, just by looking. --- Yogi Berra I'd like a year, at least, and maybe where it appeared in print. A different version is at https://www.brainyquote.com/...
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Does the phrase "Jack of all trades, often times better than a master of one" come from Shakespeare?

"A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one" is apparently a quote by William Shakespeare. I have searched through the complete works of Shakespeare ...
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Source and phrasing of quote on knowledge and toil

I vaguely remember a quote one of my professors used (a long time ago) in one of his lectures about the difficulty of acquiring knowledge. It went along the lines of: "Toil is the currency used ...
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Did George Bernard Shaw write the poem "Living Grave"?

You can read it here The poem gets shared a lot in vegan circles but I can't find where it was originally published.
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"There is only one thing that I dread: not to be worthy of my sufferings" — where does this Dostoyevsky quote come from?

I read Viktor Frankl's Man's Search for Meaning and he quoted Fyodor Dostoevsky as follows: Dostoevski said once, "There is only one thing that I dread: not to be worthy of my sufferings." ...
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Where else did Rilke mention John on Patmos?

It is well known and can be inferred by an online search that Rilke has used the comparison with the writing Johannes auf Patmos in The notebooks of Malte Laurid Brigge, namely in the 57th chapter of ...
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Seeking origin and original wording of a quotation attributed to Shakespeare

During a Pub quiz early this week, a Shakespeare quote emerged in German translation, and I am keen to know the original wording and the work it stems from, or if it is possibly part of his notes. ...
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Looking for quote from a Native American from Wounded Knee era

I stumbled across a quote by a Native American, in reference to the events following Wounded Knee. I think I came across it on wikipedia in one of the entries referenced from the Wounded Knee page or ...
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Source of alleged San Ignacio of Lyola quote: ‘In a besieged city, all dissent is treason.’

I'm trying to find the source of the quote in the title. This Guardian article from 2021 quotes ‘Hal Klepak, professor emeritus of history and strategy at the Royal Military College of Canada’ as ...
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Quote about the difference between talking about helping specific people and helping The People (in a political context)

I'm trying to find a quote about the dangers of political figures/radicals/revolutionaries/whomever shifting the rhetoric about their actions from them benefiting specific people to them benefiting ...
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Does Don Quijote in fact say "Facts are the enemy of truth"?

I recall a quote of the sort "Facts are the enemy of truth" attributed to Miguel de Cervantes in his book Don Quijote de la Mancha. However, I could not find the quote in the book by ...
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Is this passage from "Speaker for the Dead" a quote or an original?

In "Speaker for the Dead" (chapter 8, p. 132 of the Author's Definitive Edition), Ender says "es solo fecundo e vou plantar jardim ai", which Novahina translates as "thou art ...
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Finding the source of this quote about prediction and lying

I have this quote in my mind,but I cannot find the source for it: "Someone who claims to predict the future is lying, even if later proven right". I thought it was a variation of something ...
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St. Augustine quote from Terri Cheney's Manic

In her autobiography Manic, Terri Cheney quotes Augustine: "Even monsters are divine creatures and in some way they too belong to the providential order of nature" (p. 88). I can't find this ...
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Quote from Chekhov about a person who does not answer a letter

On the Internet, one often comes across, in different versions, Chekhov's statement that a person who does not answer a letter is like a person who rejects a hand extended to him for a handshake. ...
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“Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important.” Is this a genuine TS Eliot quote?

Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important. This quote has been attributed to TS Eliot, but I can't find any sources for it outside lists of inspirational quotes, ...
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Did Eliezer Yudkowsky read the original Harry Potter books?

This question has been asked on Reddit but without getting any properly sourced answer. Apparently there is a rumour on the internet that Eliezer Yudkowsky, author of the Harry Potter fan fiction ...
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Strange purported David Foster Wallace quote

You say you would only love a woman who is a reader and at least as intelligent as you. This is a challenge. Not on account of women, but the condition of Americans generally. If you were a homosexual ...
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Locating a quote in Dostoevsky's The Idiot

I am trying to locate this quote that I came across. I believe it was spoken by Aglaya (or Nastasya?) in The Idiot, but I'm having trouble locating it: “I want to talk about everything with at least ...
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