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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Origins of quote: "Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup."

I've grown up loving the quote "Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup." and I've been searching around to find out where it came from (with only a ...
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Where does this Federico Garcia Lorca quote come from? Is it a fake?

The quote is the following: Besides black art, there is only automation and mechanization. I ran into this quote in a book named Site Reliability Engineering: How Google Runs Production Systems ...
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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 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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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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Who said that Allingham "polished her prose until it shone over-bright," and where?

Somebody read to me from a book about Allingham long ago that she would "polish her prose until it shone over-bright" and then dictate it to her husband to reduce it to a more readable vernacular. I ...
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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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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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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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Source of quote: "Speaking the truth that somebody wants you not to publish is journalism. Everything else is marketing."

Heard from a BitCoin motivational speaker: Oscar Wilde said, "Speaking the truth that somebody wants you not to publish is journalism. Everything else is marketing." However, we all know ...
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What did Charles Dickens say about genius and pain?

While reading Somerset Maugham's Cakes and Ale, I came across this quote (emphasis mine): ...Charles Dickens in an after-dinner speech had stated that genius was an infinite capacity for taking ...
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Did Stevenson really claim to have been inspired by brownies?

Jorge Luis Borges claims, in his Book of Imaginary Beings, that the author Robert Louis Stevenson attributed some of the stranger ideas in his writing to fantastical creatures such as brownies who ...
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Identify a possible quote by Shakespeare

To those familiar with Shakespeare, do you know where this phrase comes from? Robust grass endures mighty winds; loyal ministers emerge through ordeal
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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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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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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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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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Looking for a quote: "It may be true that every man has his price but there is not enough gold in the world to pay mine"

I'm looking for a quote that goes along the lines of "It may be true that every man has his price but there is not enough gold in the world to pay mine" I'm looking for the exact quote and who ...
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Where did Camus define "the novel as the place where the human being is abandoned to other human beings"?

Albert Camus once defined the novel as the place where the human being is abandoned to other human beings. The plague novel is the place where all human beings abandon all other human beings. Unlike ...
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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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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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Who wrote a specific poem in the movie 'Dead Poets Society'?

Who wrote "Show me the heart unfettered by foolish dreams…And I'll show you a happy man." ? It was spoken by George McAllister (=the character name of the Latin teacher "the Realist" in Dead Poets ...
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Source of an Asimov quotation about the citadel of truth

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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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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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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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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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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Where is this Greek extract from?

Eἰς τὸν λειμῶνα καθίσας, ἔδρεπεν ἕτερον ἐφ' ἑτέρῳ αἰρόμενος ἄγρευμ' ἀνθέων ἁδομένᾳ ψυχᾷ [Eurip. frag. 754.] [sic] ['He sat in the meadow and plucked with glad heart the spoil of the flowers, gathering ...
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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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Who said this quote? Napoleon Bonaparte or Theodore Roosevelt?

Courage isn't having the strength to go on - it is going on when you don't have strength. Who said this quote? Napoleon Bonaparte or Theodore Roosevelt?
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Where did Orwell ask whether British democracy would end through a Fascist takeover or by a Socialist revolution?

The Wikipedia article about Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighthy-Four contains the following statement: During World War II, Orwell believed that British democracy as it existed before 1939 would not ...
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Quote about renouncing power over another and hoping they will do the same back

I'm trying to track down a quote that, through a series of examples, expresses the author's desire to renounce any power they may have over someone else (possibly the reader), each followed by their ...
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Tracking down a literary quote about grammar

I once read a quote that goes something like, We should all be grateful to grammarians for saving us in fifty years from a grievous error. I think it's by Proust, but Google doesn't seem to ...
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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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In which book did Poirot find a four-foot long clue?

In one of the Poirot books he mentions that though clues are often small he once found a four-foot long one. Unfortunately I can't remember in which book he mentions this. Does anyone know which ...
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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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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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"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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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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"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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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 ...
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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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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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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..