Wednesday, July 2, 2014

How to Find Good Quotations

Have you tried Wikiquote.org? This site contains a great number of quotable quotes and a search engine to help you locate what you are looking for. For example, if you search “Oliver Wendell Holmes,” the first quote you find is:

  • Get      down, you fool!
    • Assertion       famously directed at then-President Abraham Lincoln       when he came under enemy fire at Fort Stevens during the American Civil       War, as quoted in Team of Rivals : The Political Genius of       Abraham Lincoln (2005) by Doris Kearns Goodwin, p. 643.

If you search “Judges,” you can find this quotation from Justice Cardozo:

  • There      is in each of us a stream of tendency, whether you choose to call it      philosophy or not, which gives coherence and direction to thought and      action. Judges cannot escape that current any more than other mortals. All      their lives, forces which they do not recognize and cannot name, have been      tugging at them — inherited instincts, traditional beliefs, acquired      convictions; and the resultant is an outlook on life, a conception of      social needs. ... In this mental background every problem finds it      setting. We may try to see things as objectively as we please. None the      less, we can never see them with any eyes except our own.

Alas, not all quotes give pinpoint cites.

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