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Introduction

by Cathy

A quotation is a passage or remark repeated or copied out by someone other than the person who originally said or wrote it*.

e.g. 'Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.' [Marc Twain]

Old sayings and proverbs are particular quotations: usually they are short, well-known expressions containing piece of advice, wisdom or stating a general truth.

e.g. "Practise makes perfect."

The beginning and the end of a quotation are marked by a pair of quotation marks, either single ('...') or double ("..."). When we quote somebody we must indicate her or his name whenever possible, otherwise we must mention [unknown].

We may like or dislike a quotation, agree with it or disagree with it but we usually keep it in mind either because it cheers us up whenever we get sad or discouraged or because we consider it as a life-guide whenever we get lost.

 

* Source: Compact Oxford English Dictionary for new Students [2004]

 

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