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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 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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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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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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Where do I find Edmund Wilson's quote "No two persons ever read the same book?"

The internet seems crazy about this quote, but nobody reports a reliable source. Where was it originally written or spoken? (I.e., which book, interview, or essay?)
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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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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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Did Mark Twain say the two most important days of our life are the day we're born and the day we find out why?

This quote has been variously attributed to Mark Twain (for example, here and here and here and here, with varying amounts of surrounding discussion). The two most important days in your life are the ...
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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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Where did Derrida say that he deliberately made his works difficult?

In a comment below the question How does Derrida's Signifying obfuscate his writing?, DJohnson wrote, Just for the record Derrida has been quoted as stating that he deliberately made his ...
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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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Is “I no longer know If I wish to drown myself in love, vodka or the sea.” a real Franz Kafka quote?

It is attributed to him on various famous quote sites but strikes me as spurious. the only source attribution is to Letters to Milena but I haven't read it in years and don't have a copy.
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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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