Questions tagged [quote-source]

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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What is the famous song about the independence of Bahia or Brazil?

Like many other novels by Jorge Amado, Home Is the Sailor is set in Bahia, one of the states of Brazil. On the second of July, one of the novel's characters organises a ceremony during which [trumpet ...
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Source for the "monsters under our bed" quote attributed to Darwin

I'm trying to locate the source of the famous quote usually attributed to Darwin (and sometimes, The Joker...): We stopped looking for monsters under our bed when we realized that they were inside us....
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Who said something like: "I'm an atheist; but it's the Christian God in whom I don't believe"?

The above is basically a quippy way of describing oneself as an atheist from a Christian upbringing. I've been quoting it for years with the vague recollection that I'm quoting someone famous, but ...
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Which ancient Greek politician punched a teacher for failing to carry his copy of Homer?

When I first studied the Iliad in middle school, I remember a story about about a politician in Athens punching a traveling tutor for the sin of not carrying his copy of Homer on him at all times. ...
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Original language of Tolstoy quote "Il ne faut écrire qu'au moment..."

Was the following quote by Tolstoy originally in French? Did he say it in French? In what language should this quote by Tolstoy be cited? Il ne faut écrire qu'au moment où chaque fois que tu trempes ...
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Who first wrote, “one person’s modus ponens is another’s modus tollens”?

The phrase “one person’s modus ponens is another’s modus tollens” is a popular philosophical motto that reminds us that a chain of logical reasoning works in both directions: if the truth of some ...
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'Nature Nodding' - author and date?

Haldane MacFall's novel The Wooings of Jezebel Pettyfer (1898) has a lead-in quotation that puzzles me. No author is indicated; the quotation is ascribed to a work, 'Nature Nods', but no amount of ...
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Which mystery writer said they picked the murderer only after writing the book?

A discussion of murder mysteries on Twitter included this claim: Agatha Christie is on record as saying that she didn’t decide who the murderer was until she was ready to write the last chapter—then ...
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What is the origin of the phrase "the hearts of men"?

Nickolas Butler and Barbara Ehrenreich have written (completely different) books entitled "The Hearts of Men". The phrase also appears in the fourth verse of the Battle Hymn of the Republic. ...
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Reference for author of "The earth has music for those who listen"

The earth has music for those who listen. I just came to know about this quote but I found out that the author is not known. Some say it's by William Shakespeare, others say George Santayana and ...
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What is the contemporary translation of this quote from The Art of War?

Guy Debord's 1988 essay “Comments on The Society of the Spectacle” opens with this epigram from Sun Tzu's The Art of War: However critical the situation and circumstances in which you find yourself, ...
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What is the textual origin of the quote attributed to Goethe starting "The heights charm us, but the steps do not"

The full quote is The heights charm us, but the steps do not; with the mountain in our view we love to walk the plains. I remembered reading it several years ago, most likely in quotation, but a ...
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Did Dostoevsky say “While nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer, nothing is more difficult than to understand him.”?

Raskolnikov’s Strange Ideas: How Dostoevsky Predicted Modern Terrorism – Bloggers Karamazov “While nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer, nothing is more difficult than to understand him.” –...
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Who wrote this particular poem in Zinky Boys?

Zinky Boys refers to the following (rather morbid in my opinion) poem: Women and wine are fine But a real man needs more The sweet taste of war The interviewee mentioned that that bit of verse was ...
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Who was Coleridge's "schoolman"?

In an editorial in his weekly magazine The Friend, Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote: Omnia exeunt in mysterium says a Schoolman: i.e., There is nothing, the absolute ground of which is not a Mystery. ...
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From which book or essay are these words by Ralph Waldo Emerson? "Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year..."

A funeral director proposed the following reading for a service. This poem by Emerson: Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns ...
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Where can I find Magda Szabó's tribute to Tibor Szobotka?

Magda Szabó, according to many, many sites, wrote a tribute to her husband, Tibor Szobotka, a writer and translator of Tolkien and Galsworthy who died in 1982. Unfortunately, searching for ...
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"Tradition is meant to be broken" - who said it, Emerson or Thoreau?

I seem to recall a quote from either Ralph Waldo Emerson or Henry David Thoreau that was something like "Tradition is meant to be broken." Which of them said it?
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Where does the quote “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right” come from?

The quote "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right" is often attributed to Steve Jobs, but a quote posted on LibQuotes suggests that Steve Jobs ...
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Source of Greg LeMond's quote, "It never gets easier; you just go faster."

I'm writing an article about cycling and I want to include a well know quote from the professional cyclist Greg LeMond (the first and only American to win the Tour de France). The quote is: It never ...
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Source of Greg LeMond's quote, "The mountains are the pinnacle of suffering."

I'm writing an article about cycling and I want to include a well know quote from the professional cyclist Greg LeMond (the first American to win the Tour de France). The quote is: The key is being ...
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Is this François de La Rochefoucauld's quote authentic?

I am looking for the source of the quote We are more interested in making others believe we are happy than in trying to be happy ourselves allegedly by François de La Rochefoucauld. The only French ...
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Where was Jeff Nuttall's "Bomb Culture" discussed in Parliament?

A fact frequently mentioned about Jeff Nuttall's book Bomb Culture (1968) is that it was the subject of a discussion in Parliament, e.g. in an article announcing a Nuttall exhibition at a library or ...
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Where did Jacques tell this story of how the mole accent was from truck-driving through Somerset?

According to the Redwall wiki page on moles, The mole dialect is derived from the region of Somerset, England. Brian Jacques frequently tales the story of how when he was a truck driver, he drove ...
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Guy-Charles Cros quoted by Osamu Dazai: "comme un crapaud contourne une pierre"

In No Longer Human Osamu Dazai attributes the quote below to Guy-Charles Cros: …et puis on recommence encore le lendemain avec seulement la même règle que la veille et qui est d'éviter les grandes ...
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Who speculated that the sin for which there is no forgiveness is destroying love in another person?

I remember reading a work of fiction, possibly by a Russian writer (translated into English), in which a character says that the Jesuits (?) write of a mysterious sin for which there is no forgiveness ...
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Did Leonardo da Vinci really say this quote about flight?

The following quote is frequently attributed by the internet to the famous 15th-16th century polymath Leonardo da Vinci: Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes ...
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Which book by Steven Brust has "A young man without ambition is an old man waiting to be"?

A young man without ambition is an old man waiting to be. What book is this quote from? I know the author is Steven Brust.
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No mayonnaise in Ireland?

Apparently there is some kind of running joke about John Donne's famous line "No man is an island", prose sometimes quoted as poetry, being misquoted as "No mayonnaise in Ireland". ...
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Quote about being better not to give something than to take away

I'm looking for source of a quote about being better not to give something than to take away. It's been many years, so I can't recall much more about the quote. I thought it would be from the book ...
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MLK Jr. quote about speaking out against anti-Semitism even if Jewish leaders say they don't need the help

I remember some years ago listening to a recording of a speech by Martin Luther King Jr, in which he says something like: Even if Jewish leaders told me "No, we do not need your help fighting ...
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Love is defiled by its defense …

Does anyone know who said this, or something like it? "Love is defiled by its defense." A friend asked on Facebook and got no answer in several days. I vaguely remember reading a similar ...
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Source of a quote by Bernard Shaw about flying versus living with each other like humans

A while ago I got this quote on an online social platform: Humans have progressed so much, now they can even fly like a bird in the sky. The only thing remaining for the humans is to live with each ...
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Meaning and source of this quote by Ezra Pound

I was reading a book and there appears something like this A reader or auditor is at liberty to remain passive. — Ezra Pound I want to understand the full meaning of this quote and want to know its ...
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What's the source of this E.M. Forster quote, and what did he mean by a “chance word”?

I was reading a book on advanced English Grammar and among the various quotes this one caught my eye: A chance word or sigh are just as much evidence as a speech or a murder. — E.M. Forster What ...
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What did Eliot mean when he said “I would suggest that none of the plays of Shakespeare has a meaning”?

I was reading a grammar book in which the discussion was going on about whether to treat “none” as singular or plural, then the book gave this quote by T.S. Eliot: I would suggest that none of the ...
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Who and for what called Shelley “beautiful and ineffectual angel”?

I was reading a blog, which was shared to me on a virtual platform, where it was written that “XYZ called Shelley as ‘beautiful and ineffectual angel’”. I don’t remember who was that XYZ but that blog ...
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Identify the source of this quote by T.S. Eliot

I came across this quote of T.S. Eliot There are a large number of people… who believe that all ills are fundamentally economic. I’m craving to know Eliot’s view on it and for that I need to find ...
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Identify a Faust quote about being careful when calling upon bad spirits

As a comment on a disaster, someone quoted orally in German from Faust. They explained the quote as: one should be careful with calling upon bad spirits. The German verb "mahnen" was used. ...
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Origin of “Good books are the warehouses of ideas”, attributed to H. G. Wells on commemorative £2 coin?

The UK’s Royal Mint announced in January 2021 a commemorative £2 coin “Celebrating the Life and Work of H. G. Wells”. The coin design (depicted below) suggests that no-one involved in the project had ...
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Why does Aristotle reckon that the secret to humor is surprise?

Supposedly, Aristotle said: The secret to humor is surprise. Why does Aristotle reckon that the secret to humor is surprise?
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What are the lines in the Bhagavad Gita that Sandip is alluding to?

Rabindranath Tagore's novel 1916 The Home and the World consists of chapters told from the point of view of varying characters. One of these is Sandip, who is a militant nationalist and an active ...
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What is the origin of a common Christmas tree quotation concerning an old Babylonish fable about an evergreen tree?

I originally asked this on Christianity.SE and later it was moved to Mythology.SE, but it remains unanswered. It is actually very easy to find a citation for the quotation's source, the problem is ...
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"Leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment"

The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. I've seen this attributed to Dorothy Nevill and to ...
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What is the context and origin of this Dante quote?

Can someone explain what this quote means and give a little context? You shall find out how salt is the taste of another man's bread, and how hard is the way up and down another man's stairs. -- ...
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Quote source - "if memories could bleed, if dreams could scream"

we’re all killers. we’ve all killed parts of ourselves to survive. we’ve all got blood on our hands. something somewhere had to die so we could stay alive. if memories could bleed, if dreams could ...
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Is the opening quote in Michael Crichton’s “Airframe” real or fictional?

Michael Crichton’s 1996 novel “Airframe” opens with two quotations, one of which reads: The irony of the Information Age is that it has given new respectability to uninformed opinion. This is ...
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Ian McEwan's quote "No more magical realism" in Saturday

I read Ian McEwan's Saturday and remember a part where the daughter, who was into poetry, tried to get her father, a neurosurgeon, to read more books. She recommended South American writers like ...
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Water on a stone, wax on a stone: revolutionary war era/founding father quote

Paraphrasing, because I’m getting white-noised by google with results about removing candle wax from stone floors: Not as water dripping on a stone (rock?) where over time it weathers it away, but as ...
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Did Camus ever say “Always go too far, because that's where you'll find the truth”?

This statement has been attributed to Albert Camus in various places on the internet. For example, this one: However, his Wikiquote page doesn't contain this quote. So did he actually say it? If he ...