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- 1 "For most men the pursuit of God means not running away quite as fast."
- 2 How many films do you list at WikiQuote please?
- 3 M A S H quote
- 4 Wisdom from trees.
- 5 Why would a site be black listed, and how do I get it off such a list
- 6 who said
- 7 getting permission to use a quote. Also identifying where a quote is from
- 8 Colonization, assimilation and civilizing missions
- 9 Name of movie
- 10 Ceaser's wife without doubt
- 11 Where is this line from? Do anyone know the whole quote?
- 12 Ronald Reagan quote
- 13 Quotes
- 14 Who said? Quote
- 15 how did daniel and friedrich keep warm in the winter
- 16 quote about aging and re-experiencing adolescence
- 17 A Question About a Denise Levertov Quotation
- 18 That's the way it goes. . . . . First your money then your clothes.
- 19 marvelous simply marvelous darling
- 20 Unknown quote about Father
- 21 Kipling Signature
- 22 Poem by James Allen OR Ella Wheeler Wilcox
- 23 Quotation
- 24 “Dogs and philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards.” Who said it?
- 25 Quote about cows and walls
- 26 Source of a famous Rosa Luxemburg quotation
- 27 A quote from Terry Eagleton
- 28 Possible Nelson Mandela quotes on communism?
- 29 Schrodinger quote reference
- 30 a quote from a british prime minister telling a senior doctor that he intended to control the profession
- 31 Me
- 32 How to handle a quotation misattributed to Carl Sagan but quoted under him anyway?
- 33 LBJ quote
"For most men the pursuit of God means not running away quite as fast."
Does anyone know who said, and the exact wording on the following?
Men who rule men rule men who rule machines and men who rule money rule them both.
How many films do you list at WikiQuote please?
- If we add up the sum total of all pages in each of the subcategories of Category:Films, and exclude Category:Film stubs and Category:Fictional characters, it equates to approximately 1470 films. However, because this approximation is prone to error, especially with entries duplicated between subcategories, it's best you check out the category tree structure of Category:Films and its attendant subcategories yourself. Or alternatively, you can try and count the number of films listed on our page List of films. TeleComNasSprVen (talk) 09:07, 10 March 2014 (UTC)
M A S H quote
"ladies and gentlemen take my advice, take off your pants and slide on the ice.".....sydney freidman.
- Season 3, episode "O.R.", now listed on Wikiquote. TeleComNasSprVen (talk) 09:07, 10 March 2014 (UTC)
Wisdom from trees.
Anyone know a quote that runs broadly as follows:
There's more wisdom to be found in one hour spent looking at a tree than a hundred years reading books.
Why would a site be black listed, and how do I get it off such a list
I wanted to add www.mansonquotes.com to Marilyn Mansons quote page but it said that it was black listed. why? How does that get removed? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 05:27, 28 June 2010
- Sites are normally blacklisted because they're heavily abused as a form of link spamming, where spambots will typically insert them everywhere into our articles in order to increase search engine optimization (SEO) in terms of Google PageRanks for the sites they link to. You can ask an administrator to whitelist your site by posting at Wikiquote:Administrators' noticeboard, but if your site has been abused by spambots, I doubt the proposal would pass. TeleComNasSprVen (talk) 09:07, 10 March 2014 (UTC)
- If you're referring to a variation on the popular quote "marvelous darling, simply marvelous", then see this thread in our archives. According to that, it's possible that the quote came from the franchise Breakfast at Tiffany's. TeleComNasSprVen (talk) 09:07, 10 March 2014 (UTC)
getting permission to use a quote. Also identifying where a quote is from
I want to use a quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes in my novel. How do I get permission? Also, where did this quote occur. "I don't give a fig for simplicity on this side of complexity, but I would die for simplicity on the other side of complexity." Thanks 254 932-6745 —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 18:19, 6 March 2011
Colonization, assimilation and civilizing missions
who coined the saying and is this the whole saying? 'You stay in your village and I will stay in mine, If your sheep eat our grass we may kill you, If our sheep have no grass we may kill you anyway. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 03:53, 26 April 2011
Name of movie
I am looking for a movie that is a few years old. I am collecting some dancing/cheerleading/gymnastics movies with great music and for the life of me I can't remember the title of one I want.
Ceaser's wife without doubt
Where is this line from? Do anyone know the whole quote?
"between good and evil stands a warrior" Does anyone: 1) know the whole quote; 2) know where it comes from radio, tv, movie? I know it was used in a tv ad recently but i am wondering about the original usage. --lsid—This unsigned comment is by Lsid (talk • contribs) 01:53, 31 July 2011.
Ronald Reagan quote
When (where and in what context) did Ronald Reagan say: "What Energy Crisis?"? Thank you. My e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org—The preceding unsigned comment was added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 17:26, 6 September 2011
Who said? Quote
Who said: "Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens, not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes; it is a catalyst, a spark that creates extraordinary results" —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 14:38, 22 September 2011
how did daniel and friedrich keep warm in the winter
how did fredrich keep warm in the winter what danger did rosa face afer being fired from her job how did the group of young people punish the man who was stealing his childrens bread —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 23:27, 1 November 2011
quote about aging and re-experiencing adolescence
Looking for a quote that was part of Andrew Zuckerman's photo exhibit "Wisdom". I saw it in Toronto this year. The theme of the quote was that as the speaker became older, he/she felt they were increasingly going into an adolescent period, rather than becoming older and wiser. —This unsigned comment is by Connected (talk • contribs) 15:39, 9 November 2011.
A Question About a Denise Levertov Quotation
I cannot locate or identify the source of the following quote by Denise Levertov; can you help me, please?
Acknowledgement, and celebration, of mystery probably constitutes the most consistent theme of my poetry from its very beginnings. Because it is a matter of which I am conscious, it is possible, however imprecisely, to call it an intellectual position; but it is one which emphasizes the incapacity of reason alone (much though I delight in elegant logic) to comprehend experience, and considers Imagination the chief of human faculties. It must therefore be by the exercise of that faculty that one moves toward faith, and possibly by its failure that one rejects it as delusion. Poems present their testimony as circumstantial evidences, not as closing argument. Where Wallace Stevens says, "God and the imagination are one," I would say that the imagination, which synergizes intellect, emotion and instinct, is the perceptive organ through which it is possible, though not inevitable, to experience God. A Poets View (1984)
That's the way it goes. . . . . First your money then your clothes.
Does anyone know the rest of this verse?
In my memory, was:
That's the way it goes... first your money, then your clothes, next your wife and then your life... That's the way it goes. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 18:01, 23 June 2012
marvelous simply marvelous darling
Unknown quote about Father
Need help finding a quote I read a long time ago. Can't remember the exact words, just the content. It said: when i was young, my father was smart and know everything; when i grow up, i see that my father didn't know much of anything; when i was old and he was gone, wish he was still around to give me advice. That's the content i recall from memory, most likely not the exact wording. Similar to Mark Twain quote but Twain's quote only have 2 parts about being at 14 and 21 years old. I'm fairly sure this quote has 3 parts about being very young, being teenage year and being old age; very sure about the old age part. It's what i remember the most from the quote. Thanks for helping me find it. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 15:14, 27 March 2012
How can I find out if I have an authentic signature of Mr. Kipling?--126.96.36.199 17:21, 7 May 2012
Poem by James Allen OR Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Can you clearly determine who wrote this poem? I suspect that Mr Allen quoted Ms Wilcox without credit. (As a Man Thinketh, end of chapter 2) I found contradictions between your site and theotherpages.org with the credit given to either James Allen or Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
YOU will be what you will to be; Let failure find its false content In that poor word "environment," But spirit scorns it, and is free, It masters time, it conquers space, It cows that boastful trickster Chance, And bids the tyrant Circumstance Uncrown and fill a servant's place. The human Will, that force unseen, The offspring of a deathless Soul, Can hew the way to any goal, Though walls of granite intervene. Be not impatient in delay, But wait as one who understands; When spirit rises and commands, The gods are ready to obey. The river seeking for the sea Confronts the dam and precipice, Yet knows it cannot fail or miss; You will be what you will to be!
“Dogs and philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards.” Who said it?
“Dogs and philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards.”
I’ve seen it attributed to Diogenes but that doesn’t seem to be right.
Quote about cows and walls
I have been looking for a quote about how walls work well because the cows do not test them. I think it may be by Anais L
Source of a famous Rosa Luxemburg quotation
"Those who do not move, do not notice their chains" is a much quoted statement attributed to Rosa Luxemburg, and to no other. However, I cannot find the document source for the quote anywhere. --188.8.131.52 08:25, 12 August 2013 (UTC)
A quote from Terry Eagleton
I'd like to get the citation of Terry Eagleton's quote: "The marginal has occupied the central position whereas the central has retreated to the marginal"when he refered to the contemporary Bitish poetry.Sorry I foegot where I read it. I'm now in need of this citation because I want to quote it in my recent book. I'll be very much grateful if anyone could help. Thanks! Emma Liang from China
- Hi Emma, could this be it?—
- «The poets who seem to me to matter most are those ‘"skewed" to the dominant social wisdom [...] in the sense of having access to historical or symbolic resources, submerged allegiances and affiliations’ and characterised the period ‘as (very broadly) polarized between [...] writing, where the marginal becomes somehow central, and a self-absorbed, knowing, postmodernist ironizing’.»
- —Terry Eagleton, "surveying British poetry of the 1980s for Poetry Review", as quoted in D. Kennedy Sheffield Hallam Working Papers: Value (2001).
- The earliest appearance I could find of this quote was in: The Poetry Review, Vol. 79 (Poetry Society of America, 1989), p. 278. DanielTom (talk) 14:24, 14 November 2013 (UTC) posted 15:06, 16 December 2013 (UTC)
Possible Nelson Mandela quotes on communism?
I found found a few claims online that claim the following quotes are from the late Nelson Mandela. I checked the Wikiquote page on Mandela but did not find these. Is there any truth behind these being attributed to him. I was trying to make a point that it is strange that those who consider Mandela a hero are often those who believe communism is an evil philosophy. Here are the quotes:
"The cause of communism is the greatest cause in the history of mankind!"
"Under a Communist Party government, South Africa will become a land of milk and honey. Political, economic and social rights will cease to be enjoyed by whites only. They will be shared equally by whites and non-whites. There will be enough land and houses for all. There will be no unemployment, starvation and disease. Workers will earn decent wages; transport will be cheap and education free."
“Communists everywhere fight to destroy capitalist society and to replace it with socialism, where the masses of the common people, irrespective of race or color, will live in complete equality, freedom and happiness. They seek to revolutionize society and are thus called revolutionaries. Those who support capitalism with its class divisions and other evils and who oppose our just struggles to end oppression are called counter revolutionaries.”
“In our own country, the struggles of the oppressed people are guided by the South African Communist Party and inspired by its policies. The aim of the S.A.C.P. is to defeat the Nationalist government and to free the people of South Africa from the evils of racial discrimination and exploitation.”
--184.108.40.206 22:01, 11 December 2013 (UTC)
- You can find all those quotes in Mandela's How To Be A Good Communist. Cheers, DanielTom (talk) 15:12, 16 December 2013 (UTC)
Schrodinger quote reference
Where and when did Erwin Schrodinger write, “Quantum physics thus reveals a basic oneness of the universe.” --220.127.116.11
- He didn't. Fritjof Capra did, in his book The Tao of Physics (1975). ~ DanielTom (talk) 22:50, 15 January 2014 (UTC)
Fritjof Capra said, "Quantum theory thus reveals a basic oneness of the universe." ...theory, not physics.... There's numerous examples of people using the Schrodinger quote, “Quantum physics thus reveals a basic oneness of the universe,” but I can't find a reference to where and when he said it. Hopefully he did actually say it. --18.104.22.168 02:59, 17 January 2014 (UTC)
a quote from a british prime minister telling a senior doctor that he intended to control the profession
something along the lines of "doctor, we mean to control/enslave/nobble you"
How/Where can I add my entry? Geoffrey Forrest.
- You don't appear to be notable enough to have a Wikiquote page, as of yet. Please see my reply at Wikiquote:Requested entries#People. As a rule, it is best to let other people create a page for you, if you are notable, rather than doing it yourself. Take care, DanielTom (talk) 12:52, 3 February 2014 (UTC)
How to handle a quotation misattributed to Carl Sagan but quoted under him anyway?
The line absence of evidence is not evidence of absence is often attributed to Carl Sagan. In looking to check it, I found it on his page here, but twice: once as a sourced quotation and once as a misattribution, well sourced to Martin Rees.
I'm a fairly experienced Wikipedian, but not much experienced here. ISTM that once a quote from person X is demonstrated as misattributed to person Y, it shouldn't be listed as a quote under Y at all, except in the "Misattributed" section. I couldn't find guidance on that here, so I commented that quote out of Sagan's page—
- Carl Sagan#The Demon-Haunted World : Science as a Candle in the Dark (1995), Ch. 12 : The Fine Art of Baloney Detection, p. 221
—and put a note on the Talk page, at the end of a long discussion about this quote that was mostly not relevant to the misattribution.
- Hello. I restored that quotation because it actually does appear in the book, and is adequately sourced. I don't see a good justification here for the removal of said sourced material – indeed, I see the opposite, as the reference made to it in the "Misattributed" section would stop making sense if that quote was removed. If you wish, you may add a note next to the quote, clarifying that it was Martin Rees who originated it, but please do not remove the sourced quote. ~ DanielTom (talk) 22:31, 19 February 2014 (UTC)
I saw this on someones twitter account. Is this out of a book? Where can I find this saying? (Her smile stops shooting stars in their spiral. No starry night covers her luster without stare. Dawn stretches out eagerly for her awake)
Please email me back at email@example.com
The following quote has been attributed to Lyndon Baines Johnson and while it sounds like something he could or would have said, I cannot find it documented anywhere. I want to know if it is a true quote. I do, of course, recognize that he might have said it in company that would have not captured the moment. "I will have these niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years". Please advise if it is a documented quote.—This unsigned comment is by ProudTexan62 (talk • contribs) .
- Hi. Apparently the earliest source attributing it to LBJ was Kessler's book Inside The White House (1996). This attribution to LBJ also appears in other published works, e.g., here (2001, with no citation/source given), and here (citing "The American Sentinel, Sept 1997, p. 9"). Cheers. ~ DanielTom (talk) 13:24, 25 March 2014 (UTC)
- Expanding on the first source, Ronald Kessler's Inside the White House (Simon and Schuster, 1996), here is the quotation in context (p. 33): «During one trip, Johnson was discussing his proposed civil rights bill with two governors. Explaining why it was so important to him, he said it was simple: "I'll have them niggers voting Democratic for two hundred years."»  Citation given: «Interview on March 28, 1993, with MacMillan.»  ~ DanielTom (talk) 14:03, 25 March 2014 (UTC)