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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Who was the poet who said something like "Now only God knows (what I meant to say in that poem)"

I remember having an amazing teacher of literature who used to tell us about a symbolist poet (most probably British) who once said something like: "When I wrote this poem, only God and I knew what it ...
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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 Myth, a Man ...
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Where in the Republic does an Athenian businessman castigate "Socrates for his pursuit of abstract knowledge"?

Source: Intelligence and How to Get It: Why Schools and Cultures Count (2009). p. 49.   Second, the Confucian tradition, of which Japan and Korea are a part, has little use for the idea that ...
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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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Who first said this quote about how we only sleep safely because "rough men stand ready" to fight on our behalf?

One of my favorite quotes is Churchill's "We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us." But recently I found out that Orwell was attributed ...
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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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Federico García Lorca 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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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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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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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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What did Pope intend to say by "Whatever is, is right"?

What did Pope intend to say by "Whatever is, is right"? Source: The Well-Educated Mind by Susan Wise Bauer (2nd edition, 2016), p. 86, middle.   Related to this is one final question: What ...
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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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"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? It ...
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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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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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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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Original Russian text of this review of Crime and Punishment

In the introduction to Constance Garnett's translation of Crime and Punishment, she quotes this Russian critic: In the words of a Russian critic, who seeks to explain the feeling inspired by ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Did Jorge Borges write that it takes two to write a novel?

Did Jorge Borges say that all great literature is filled with ambiguities and obscurities? That it takes two people to write a novel, one the writer and the other the reader. If so, could you source ...
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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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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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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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Source of the quote "Life is a balance between holding on and letting go" from Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī

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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...