A quotation is a fragment of a human expression that is being referred to by somebody else. Most often a quotation is taken from literature, but also sentences from a speech, scenes from a movie, elements of a painting, etc. may be quoted.
Proverbs and quotations have similar cultural influence. In case of extensive quoting from a work one needs to consider copyright and fair use.
A sister project of Wikimedia Foundation called Wikiquote was created on June 27, 2003 as a free online encyclopedia of quotations in every language. Sententiae is another free and open source project based on user-edited quotations in all languages.
There are many other quotation sites out there as well. Sadly, very few of them seem to care for accurate information. In the future, this will hopefully change.
- GIGA Quotes: GIGA Quotes, relatively accurate
- Quote DB: The Quotations Database
- Famous Quotations.com: A huge collection of quotations
- Top 50 Top 50 Quality Quotations Resources
- Sententiae: multilingual open source database of quotations, aphorisms and sayings (also a wiki)
- Your Quotations: Thousands of famous quotes categorized and searcheable.
- Bartleby - Online Literature resource with thousands of accurate quotations.
- QuotesandSayings - QuotesandSayings.com - one of the first quotations websites with subject and author indexes.
- Search Portal - A portal to search all the good quotations databases, in one place.
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PacMall Famous Quotes
Includes famous quotes, poems, and links of famous people from Albert Einstein to Willy Wonka on life, love, laughs, friendship, and poems.
Noring Collection of Quotations
Huge single page from the alt.quotations newsgroup.
New classical quotes added weekly.
Roger's Collection of Famous Quotations
Quip, proverbs and sayings by famous and not so famous people that ranges from Aristotle to Warren Zevon featuring Albert Einstein, Mae West and W.C. Fields.
Speculative Fiction for the Web
Thought-provoking and humurous quotes on writing, life, and the writing life.
Board of Wisdom
Share and debate famous quotes, sayings and witticisms.
Silken Tiger Fuzzy Frolics
Unique selection of quotes and sayings, including interactive quotes exchange.
A growing collection of quotes by famous jazz musicians, organized by artist. You can suggest your own and search the current ones.
Quotations gleaned from the writings and speeches of the world's most memorable individuals.
This is a searchable site for sayings, quotes and aphorisms. There are over 1600 sayings with 159+ categories.
To Tell A Quote. . .
Quotes on people, life, vegetarianism, history, and love. Updated often. Wide variety of links.
A large collection of quotes searchable by both subject and author.
Animal quotations - Dog and cat quotes
Animal quotations and quips about dogs and cats. Quotes about our favorite pets.
Browse or search thousands of quotes by author, topic and contributor. Provides a way to save your favorite quotes.
Quotations of Hope and Imagination
Sorted by topic. Daily emailing service available.
Indexed notes on advertising.
Great Aviation Quotes
Thoughts on flying, airplanes, and being a pilot.
Libraries and Librarians
Famous words about libraries.
Quotations sorted by topic, with the speaker's sun sign noted.
1200 quotations sorted by subject.
Wall of Theorgy
Collection of quotes, thoughts, ideas, humor, and mental stimuli ranging from famous quotes to the webmasters thoughts.
Annabelle's Quotation Guide
Organized by topic and author, quote-o-gram, weekly quotes mailing, and a quote of the week.
A large searchable database of quotations featuring commonly requested quotation categories.
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
Searchable quotations site, provided in electronic format by Project Bartleby at Columbia University.
Quotes by, pictures of, and links to information about people who were born on each day of the year.
Search quotes from famous people by keyword, author, and source, or by author's day of birth, nationality, and profession.
Elibron Wit & Wisdom
Thousands of famous quotations organized by categories.
House of Quotes
Quotes categorized by topic.
Phrases Worth Considering
About a hundred proverbs and famous quotations, sorted by subject, selected by Gunnar Hjalmarsson.
Psycho Proverb Zone
Humorous and thought provoking quotations and proverbs.
Over 1,500 quotations sorted by category and searchable by author.
Over 13,000 quotes searchable by author or subject.
The Quotation Project
A searchable and categorized quote archive.
The Quotations and Sayings Database
Portal to quotation collections.
The Quotations Archive
A database of quotations. Contains a special section on love and marriage, useful for wedding toasts.
The Quotations Page
Search through nine different collections.
Searchable index of quotations from movies, television, literature, celebrities, and theater.
Over 13,000 quotes searchable by category and author. Also includes a random quote feature, the ability to submit quotes, and a forum.
Simpson's Contemporary Quotations
Simpson, James B. 1988. Simpson's Contemporary Quotations from the Bartleby project.
Spicy Quotes - Famous Quotations from the Greatest Minds
Search by author, subject or text.
Quotations, searchable database, jokes, and music.
World of Quotes
Over 14,000 quotes arranged by topic and author.
A large comprehensive site with a search engine.
Military Quotes, Mottos, Jokes and Humor
Military quotations and other material, including Murphy's Laws of Combat, Military mottos, military jokes and other military humor.
Providing quotations on a range of topics and by a number of famous and lesser known figures of both past and present
QuoteDB.com - The Quotation Database
Quotes and quotations from both modern and historical figures.
Collection of quotations as well as a free Daily Insight e-mail.
Sorted by subject: inspirational, thought-provoking, humorous, and literary; quotes for occasions and greetings.
The Quotations Home Page
Approximately 20,000 quotes searchable by topic and author.
Matthew Doucette's Quotes
Scientific, inspirational, and intelligence quotations.
Three thousand quotations by hundreds of famous people, arranged alphabetically.
Quotations, categorized by source, includes examples of quotation mythology; wrongful attribution and misquotation.
Love quotes and sayings.
Quotations about freedom and the responsibility that goes with it, organized by category and author with a searchable index.
Quotations presented randomly, and also searchable.
Quotations sorted into sad songs, sad words and sad films.
Quotations: An Archive of Quotations from the Daily Miscellany
Inspirational words on a variety of topics.
Critial Thought and Religious Liberty - Quotes
Includes pages with quotes from America's founding fathers, Albert Einstein, Adolph Hitler, and Stephen Jay Gould.
The Institution of Silly & Meaningless Sayings
The study of isms. Current database holds almost 450 isms heard at first hand.
Over 13500 quotations searchable by subject and by author. Daily quote mailing list, quotation software.
Quotes sorted by author, searchable by content.
Who Said That
Meaningful quotes from a wide variety of sources.
A selection of motivational and self-help quotations as well as other topics in random order.
The Movie Quote Quiz; The Colossal Quote Archive
Sound bites from movies. Sorted by movie, not searchable.
SimplyPets Pet Quotes
Quotes about pets, including categories for cat and for dog quotations.
Wish I'd Said That!
A personal collection of over 4,300 quotations, professionally presented, with all the biographical and citation info I could dig up for each.
Searchable database of quotes. Search by Author or by keyword.
Browse by author or topic, or search text.
Multilingual open source database of quotations, aphorisms, and sayings. Unrestricted searching and browsing. Free registration required to edit.
A free quote database built collaboratively using Wiki software, a sister project to Wikipedia. (GNU Free Documentation License)
The Phrase Finder
A large archive of phrases, sayings, quotes and cliches, with their meanings and origins. Give it a word and it will return a related list.
Find witty sayings by author or category, read background information, and contribute favorite sayings.
Features timely quotes from the 19th and 20th century.
Quotez - Over 5000 Quotations
Over 5000 quotes indexed by subject and by author. Mark Fryer's GeoCities site.
The Time of your Life
Collections based on the idea of time.
A Quote for You
An index of quotations arranged by subject, including faith, anger, mistakes, and truth.
All Things William
10,000 quotes based on the name William in its various forms and offered in the spirit of sharing and celebration!
Quotes arranged by topic and category. Searchable by author or keyword. Display random quotes in a category.
Daily Quotation Server
Poetry, literature, science, philosophy and rare quotes with online browsing, searching, daily email mailing, user voting and no banners.
Multilingual collection of sayings arranged by the person quoted, profession of the person, or language.
Food Quotations - Chinese Cuisine (About.com)
Quotations about food, ranging from the humorous to the philosophical, by everyone from Confucius to Mark Twain.
This site is a collection of quotations grouped by subject, including love, dreams, writing, and last words, among others.
Quote Me On It
Large collection of quotations organized by subject and author.
Russian Book: Quotation
English-language quotes, aphorisms, jokes, Irish toasts and blessings, movie quotes, and proverbs; with some content in Russian.
Dictionary of Quotations
Famous and inspiring quotations organized by subject and author.
Brain Candy: Celebrity Quotations
Advice given by well known people. Also famous put downs or insults.
Thousands of quotes grouped by topic and by author.
Conservation Best Quotes around the World
Conservation and Environmental Quotes.
Quotations by philosophers, poets, and psychologists, with additional sayings about nature and love/romance.
Quotation Ring Mailing List
Mailing list and archive; accepts contributions.
The Quotable Writer
Humorous, thought-provoking, and inspirational quotations about the craft of writing and the publishing business.
Learn about clichÃ©s, euphemisms, quotes from famous people, and how to use quotations in written text. From About.com.
Literature Quotations from LiteratureClassics.com
More than 10,000 quotations from literature texts, covering Chaucer to modern writers. Organised according to author and fully searchable.
This collection of quotations, aphorisms, maxims, proverbs, mottoes, book excerpts, and poems is browsable by author or cross-referenced topic.
Serious quotes, funny quotes, prudent advice and words of wisdom. Also includes quotes from Wolman suite 510.