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This looks like a spoof of the quote from The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien: Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger. It comes from The Fellowship of the Ring: 'But it is said: Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger. The choice is yours: to go or wait.' 'And it ...


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This is a quote from an interview he gave in 1931. Traigo preparados cuatro libros. De teatro. De poesía. Y de impresiones neoyorkinas, el que puede titularse : la ciudad, interpretación personal, abstracción impersonal, sin lugar ni tiempo dentro de aquella ciudad mundo. Un símbolo patético : Sufrimiento. Pero del revés, sin dramatismo. Es una puesta en ...


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This is from Émile Montégut’s translation of Romeo and Juliet: Roméo. — Hélas! pourquoi faut-il que l’amour, dont la vue est toujours couverte d’un bandeau, puisse sans yeux trouver le chemin qui mène à ses caprices? Où allons-nous dîner? — Hélas de moi! — Quelle querelle aviez-vous ici tout à l’heure? mais non, ne me la racontez pas; car j’ai tout appris....


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The phrase comes from a story by humorist Will Stanton that appeared in the May 1971 issue of Reader's Digest. The narrator claims that he is subject to "a kind of slip-of-the-ear," leading to his mishearing things. This is the first example he gives: I was standing next to a woman at one party recently, not paying much attention to what she was ...


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TL;DR: It’s a typographical error: for “ideas” read “ideals”! “Ideals!” said my uncle; “certainly Ideals. Of course one must have ideals, else life would be bare materialism. Bare fact alone, naked necessity, is impossible barren rock for a soul to root upon. Life, indeed, is an unfurnished house, an empty glass in a thirsty land good and necessary for ...


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Actually? Neither. In conclusion, QI believes that this saying was introduced by Richard Grenier who was attempting to provide a pithy representation of an idea he ascribed to George Orwell. Later writers and speakers turned his phrase into a quotation and directly attached it to Orwell. Over time variants were constructed with modified phrasing. ...


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Since you say the quote isn't exact, the best I can remember is the following from Romeo and Juliet (emphasis mine): Alas, that love, whose view is muffled still, Should, without eyes, see pathways to his will! Where shall we dine? O me! What fray was here? Yet tell me not, for I have heard it all. Here's much to do with hate, but more with love. ...


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It’s a fabrication. Rather than trying to verify the existence (or not) of John Lawton, the simpler route is to try to verify the existence (or not) of The American Association of Broadcast Journalists. Such an organization, if it existed, would have some presence on the internet, if only in a wikipedia article, but any search on the term reveals only the ...


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Yep. Stevenson writes in his A Chapter on Dreams, which you can see a book scan at that link, and a text version at Project Gutenburg: Well, as regards the dreamer, I can answer that, for he is no less a person than myself;—as I might have told you from the beginning, only that the critics murmur over my consistent egotism;—and as I am positively forced to ...


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I have read all of Shakespeare's works and the quote does not even sound like a Shakespeare quote. Most of Shakespeare's works are written in a type of verse known as iambic pentameter and the quote cannot be scanned as a succession of iambs. Of course, Shakespeare also used prose in his plays, but I couldn't find any examples of the words "robust, "ordeal"...


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This quote has a long history and its true origins are obscure. I began my investigation of this question by doing a web search for quote speaking truth wants publish journalism marketing. In the results, among a lot of serious discussions about journalism, was a Goodreads page which attributes the following quote to George Orwell: “Journalism is ...


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TL;DR: The quote comes from a 1917 work by William James. James says Goethe wrote it in 1824, but in fact it was first published in 1836 (in German) by Johann Eckermann, as part of Eckermann's autobiographical recollections of Goethe's conversations with him, this particular conversation taking place in 1824. However, the version given by James may not be ...


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The quotation Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains is proverbial and dates to the late 19th century, more or less around Dickens's time. However, nothing like it is found in any of his novels or published letters. If he said it in an after-dinner speech, we have no records of the rest of the speech. Nor do we know when or to what audience he is ...


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The quote is likely to be a slight variation of the following: In a sense, one can never read the book that the author originally wrote, and one can never read the same book twice. This is from Wilson's The Triple Thinkers (Amazon link). You can see the section of interest in the Preface, page ix. Conveniently, the preview includes that page, so you can ...


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Scott made his Saxons drink ‘ale’, not ‘beer’. In doing so he was following the Saxons’ own usage: the word ‘beer’ was “rare, except in poetry, and it seems to have become common only in the 16th century” (OED). So you are looking for this piece of dialogue: “Thou art an ass,” replied one of the thieves; “three quarts of double ale had rendered thee as free ...


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The first part of the phrase, "every man has his price" is apparently a mis-quote of a remark by Robert Walpole, made in 1734, that "I know the price of every man in this house (i.e. the House of Commons) except three", although it is believed that the phrase was in common use before this time. The oldest combination with "all the gold in ... couldn't buy ...


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Hypsipyle is a lost or fragmentary play written around 410 BC by the Greek playwright Euripedes. This particular fragment might have survived from its inclusion in Book IV of Symposiacs by the Greek/Roman biographer and essayist Plutarch, who lived between AD 46 – AD 120. So this is likely a fragment of Hypsipyle that we only know about because Plutarch ...


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Anna Karenina and Madame Bovary […] had the virtue, at least, of representing a recognisable physical reality, which could not be said for the so-called magical realists she [Daisy] opted to study in her final year. What were these authors of reputation doing—grown men and women of the twentieth century—granting supernatural powers to their characters? He [...


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The direct quotation does not originate with Walsh, and those who attribute the quotation to Walsh are misattributing and/or misquoting. The direct quotation originates with Ralph Woodrow, who paraphrases and cites, but does not quote, Walsh. On page 152 in chapter 20 of Woodrow's Babylon Mystery Religion, Woodrow writes (unquoted, so his own words): The ...


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Searching for your quoted phrase online brings up a number of results all of which place the words inside inverted commas, suggesting they are all quoting something, as you surmised. Among the results is this New Zealand newspaper of 1898, which makes reference to the words being from an 'old song' rather than from a novel. There was a favourite old song ...


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The quote appears to be taken from a poem by the emperor Taizong (personal name Li Shimin) of China. Wikipedia says that Emperor Taizong wrote a poem to his chancellor Xiao Yu that contains these two lines: Only in a gust of wind can the strong among the grass be known, Only in turmoil can the faithful subjects be seen. These lines differ slightly in ...


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The earliest instance that I can find via Google Book Search for this quotation is The Mourning After: How to Manage Grief Wisely (1993) by Stanley P. Cornils: Comparatively speaking, there are not many things in this world which are impossible. According to the older laws of aerodynamics, the bumblebee cannot fly because its fuselage is too big for its ...


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Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People (written about 731) has a version of this, in Book II, Chapter XIII: Another of the king's chief men, approving of his wise words and exhortations, added thereafter: “The present life of man upon earth, O king, seems to me, in comparison with that time which is unknown to us, like to the swift flight of ...


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This is because it is a slight misquote, the line being And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, It's from Ozymandias, by Percy Shelley, not Keats.


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The quote comes from Dante's Divine Comedy, more specifically Canto 17 in Paradiso. Dante tells Beatrice that while traversing Inferno and Purgatorio in the presence of Virgil, he had heard grievous things about his future, so he wants to know what is in store for him. Beatrice answers in the following way (quoted from the English translation on Bartleby.com)...


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This is from Les fêtes quotidiennes (1912): Il en est pour qui la vie est chose simple, chose facile et de tous les jours; on fait sa correspondance, on « fait l’amour », on fait, avant tout, « ses affaires » et puis on recommence encore le lendemain avec seulement la même règle que la veille et qui est d’éviter les grandes joies barbares de même que les ...


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In the passage The first paragraph here proposes (through a somewhat rhetorical line of questioning) that novels are meant to help provide a moral model for society: they show us models so that we can amend our ways The second paragraph proposes the exact opposite, by arguing that there is no standard moral model. That is, it argues that there is no "...


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The great Turkish poet Orhan Veli Kanık wrote so neatly on the “great Turkish lies” more than half a century ago: “What have we not done for this country? Some of us have orated Some of us have died.” Source: Why ‘fair’ is just a four-letter word in Turkish (Hürriyet Daily News).


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TL;DR: Joseph Fort Newton. Looks like Joseph Fort Newton. I've looked through the discussion on Wikiquote, which is the basis for my research here. Dominique Pire, upon receiving the Nobel Prize, sourced it to 'Newton'. Just Newton. After that, it appears to be attributed to Isaac Newton, who is what most people think of when they hear 'Newton' (actually, ...


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