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  • #1
    J.D. Salinger
    “If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

  • #2
    Walt Whitman
    “O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
    The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won,
    The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
    While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;
    But O heart! heart! heart!
    O the bleeding drops of red,
    Where on the deck my Captain lies,
    Fallen cold and dead.

    O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
    Rise up - for you the flag is flung - for you the bugle trills,
    For you bouquets and ribbon'd wreaths - for you the shores
    For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
    Here Captain! dear father!
    This arm beneath your head!
    It is some dream that on the deck,
    You've fallen cold and dead.

    My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still,
    My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will,
    The ship is anchor'd safe and sound, its voyage closed and done,
    From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won;
    Exult O shores, and ring O bells!
    But I with mournful tread,
    Walk the deck my Captain lies,
    Fallen cold and dead.”
    Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

  • #3
    Ambrose Bierce
    “Quotation, n: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another.”
    Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

  • #4
    Dorothy L. Sayers
    “A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought.”
    Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night

  • #5
    André Malraux
    “Be careful--with quotations, you can damn anything.”
    André Malraux

  • #6
    Jane Austen
    “The wisest and the best of men, nay, the wisest and best of their actions, may be rendered ridiculous by a person whose first object in life is a joke.”
    Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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