The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation.--Isaac D'Israeli

I am a collector of quotations, and I have been for decades. I read books that were nothing but quotations, wrote down passages from books, and jotted down bits from lectures, at conferences, and in poetry groups. 

If you have spent any time with me, chances are good that at some point I said one of the following (perhaps in a different form):

You need to write that down!

Wait! I have to write that down!

What an incredible first line for a poem!

We need to put that on a tee shirt!

I would buy a book with that title!

You must use that as your next book's title!

Dorothy Parker said, "I always have a quotation for everything; it saves original thinking," and although there is some merit to that, I think quotations can also be a quick jumpstart for inspiration.


Take a look at the Quotation pages for wise words about a variety of topics, including poetry, writing, success, kindness, and reading. Some of the quotations us male pronouns and the words "man" and "men" to signify all people. Honestly, this makes me grind my teeth, but I have opted to keep the quotations intact. Please let me know if I have any errors, such as an error in wording or punctuation, attributing a quotation to the wrong person, etc.