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Quotations for Reference:
Welcome to my page of reference quotations. These are quotes that I wouldn't necessarily add to my personal collection, but they are here because either a visitor has asked me about the origins or because I came across the source info myself and wanted to have it on file for future reference. I started compiling these in the 1980s then more in earnest in the late 1990s, and now sources for information like this are so commonplace on the web that this small list seems almost unnecessary, but I still like to keep it. I haven't updated it in quite some time and looking back I'm not sure of 100% accuracy either, but I'll leave this page here nonetheless. There is one exception to the doubts of accuracy which is the "one-eyed man is king" saying — I've done fairly extensive study on that one, and results are linked to below. Also, check out the Quotation Resources section on my Links page for several suggestions of where else you can research quotes.
God's mill grinds slow, but sure. ~George Herbert
Mollify it with thy tears, or sweat, or blood. ~John Donne
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.
~William Ross Wallace, What Rules the World
Variety's the very spice of life
That gives it all its flavour.
~William Cowper, The Task, 1785
To make a mountain of a mole-hill. ~Henry Ellis, Original Letters
I cannot tell what the dickens his name is my
husband had him of. What do you call your knight's
~William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor [III, 2, Mistress Page]
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. ~Author unknown, commonly misattributed to Sigmund Freud
Every man hath a good and a bad angel attending on him in particular, all his life long. ~Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy
O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock
The meat it feeds on; that cuckold lives in bliss
Who, certain of his fate, loves not his wronger;
But, O, what damned minutes tells he o'er
Who dotes, yet doubts, suspects, yet strongly loves!
~William Shakespeare, Othello [III, 3, Iago]
[K]eep your pecker up, old chap! ~J. Leech, Portraits of Children of the Mobility, 1841 [Oh calm down, y'all. It means "head up," or "keep your spirits up." Like your beak, you know.
Be firm, my moral pecker. ~W.S. Gilbert, Trial by Jury, 1875 [i.e, "keep a stiff upper lip"
A man's house is his castle. ~Old English Proverb, often attributed to Edward Coke
If a man write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mousetrap than his neighbor, though he build his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door. ~Mrs. Sarah S.B. Yule credits this quotation to Ralph Waldo Emerson in her Borrowings, 1889
Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast. ~James Bramston, Man of Taste
Lavender's blue, dilly dilly, lavender's green,
When I am king, dilly dilly, you shall be queen:
Who told you so, dilly dilly, who told you so?
'Twas mine own heart, dilly dilly, that told me so...
~Twelfth-night festival English folk song, 1600s–1800s
It is a tiresome way of speaking, when you should despatch the business, to beat about the bush. ~Plautus
The reward of a thing well done is to have done it. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays: Second Series, 1844
When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, one hundred. ~Thomas Jefferson
Sighing that Nature form'd but one such man,
And broke the die.
~George Gordon, Lord Byron, "Monody on the Death of Sheridan"
Our land is everything to us. It is the only place in the world where Cheyennes talk the Cheyenne language to each other. It is the only place where Cheyennes remember the same things together. I will tell you one of the things we remember on our land. We remember our grandfathers paid for it — with their life. ~John Wooden Legs, "Back on the War Ponies," 1960, quoted in We Are the People: Voices from the Other Side of American History, edited by Nathaniel May and Clint Willis
Okay, Houston, we've had a problem here. ~John L. Swigert, Jr., Apollo 13 command module pilot, 13 April 1970