Thursday, May 14, 2009

QUOTATIONS are literary fragments gathered from many sources


A clever compilation of pithy quotations, alphabetically arranged according to sentiment

H Morton

Copyright 1893 By The Penn Publishing Company


QUOTATIONS are literary fragments gathered from many sources, chosen because of some striking originality in the thought or expression, or because they embody a sterling truth universally recognized and approved.

A collection of these literary fragments is interesting and valuable for several different reasons.

1. An apt quotation—" what oft was thought, but ne'er so well expressed "—is often a saving of time. By its use, one may in a single terse phrase explicate an idea that would otherwise have required to be amplified into several sentences of original composition.

2. Many persons enjoy a comfortable sense of being sustained in their own opinions, when some writer or speaker of recognized ability can be cited as having voiced the same sentiments. All the force of his incisive thought comes to the support of those who quote his words. A Scotch listener is prepossessed by a well-chosen quotation from Burns; an American audience is favorably disposed toward the orator who

interweaves with his own thoughts some memorable words of Washington or Jefferson; and to preface a statement with the words, " Shakespeare says "—is practically to forestall criticism.

3. To the one who merely scans the fragments in a desultory way, the book becomes a master of ceremonies at a grand authors' levee, introducing the reader to many master minds, hitherto strangers to him, but henceforth to be his chosen friends. Most people date their interest in their favorite author from the time when some bright saying of his accidentally attracted their attention, and led to a further study of his works.

For some one of these—or similar—reasons, Quotations may find a place in the useful corner of the library shelf.

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