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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. 

Dorothy Parker said, "I always have a quotation for everything; it saves original thinking." Of course the brilliant and funny Parker was kidding--original things she said 100 years ago are still being quoted. But Parker was also correct: 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, creativity, success, kindness, and reading. Some of the quotations use 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.

The quotations are in alphabetical order based on the last name of the person quoted.

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