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CLASSICAL & FOREIGN QUOTATIONS
LAW TERMS AND MAXIMS, PROVERBS, MOTTOES,
FRENCH, GERMAN, GREEK, ITALIAN, LATIN,
Translations, References, Explanatory Notes and Enderes.
WM. FRANCIS HENRY KING, M.A., CH. CH., OXFORD.
"A Quotation without a reference is like a geological specimen of unknown locality."
l'exactitude de citer. C'est un talent plus rare que l'on ne pense."
As this is a book of quotations, I may be allowed to begin at once by citing a remark of Professor Skeat, which seems peculiarly pertinent to the matter in hand. He says (Notes and Queries, 6th ser., vol. ix., p. 499), "I protest, for about the hundredth time, against the slipshod method of quoting a mere author's name, without any indication of the work of that author in which the alleged quotation may be found. Let us have accurate quotations and exact references, wherever such are to be found. A quotation without a reference is like a geological specimen of unknown locality."
An admirable sentiment, which every one who has to do with quotations will readily applaud, and which may serve here to express the scope and character of the following compilation in its main features. My aim has been (1.) to give the quotations in their original form; (2.) to add, wherever possible, an accurate reference to the author and work from which the quotation is taken.
That the attempt has proved far from being universally successful will be apparent, even upon a cursory examination of the volume. After deducting mottoes, proverbs, and such like, as have no special parentage, there remains a large number of quotations which are inserted without reference,1 either from want of time to consult the originals in every case, or through inability to discover the proper source. In many instances, also, I have been obliged to rely on second-hand authorities, so that it is likely errors, both in text and authorship, may be discovered. When, however, the number of quotations included in the work is taken into account (many of them having never before appeared in any collection of the kind), it will not be a matter of surprise that some failure in this respect should have attended the endeavour; the endeavour being, after all, the thing that I lay claim to rather
1 In all such cases a ? will be found following the quotation, inviting the reader to supply the desired information. See "Correction of Inaccuracies," p. viii.