„A fine quotation is a diamond on the finger of a man of wit, and a pebble in the hand of a fool.“

Part 1, LXXIV
Meditations of a Parish Priest (1866)

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Joseph Roux4
poeta francês 1834 - 1905

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„Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.“

—  Confucius Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher -551 - -479 a.C.

Attributed in Mohammed Sirajul Islam (1967), Everyman's General Knowledge
In fact this is a Chinese saying by a Confucian scholar from the Ming Dynasty, 焦竑 (Jiao Hong) (1540—1620)《玉堂丛语》卷五: 宁为有瑕玉,不作无瑕石。
Misattributed, Chinese

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„Great virtues may draw attention from defects, they cannot sanctify them. A pebble surrounded by diamonds remains a common stone, and a diamond surrounded by pebbles is still a gem.“

—  Robert G. Ingersoll Union United States Army officer 1833 - 1899

The Great Infidels (1881)
Contexto: Great virtues may draw attention from defects, they cannot sanctify them. A pebble surrounded by diamonds remains a common stone, and a diamond surrounded by pebbles is still a gem. No one should attempt to refute an argument by pronouncing the name of some man, unless he is willing to adopt all the ideas and beliefs of that man. It is better to give reasons and facts than names. An argument should not depend for its force upon the name of its author. Facts need no pedigree, logic has no heraldry, and the living should not awed by the mistakes of the dead.

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„Bricks… should not be made of sandy or pebbly clay, or of fine gravel“

—  Vitruvius, livro De architectura

Fonte: De architectura (The Ten Books On Architecture) (~ 15BC), Book II, Chapter III "Brick" Sec. 1
Contexto: Bricks... should not be made of sandy or pebbly clay, or of fine gravel, because when made of these kinds they are in the first place heavy; and secondly when washed by the rain as they stand in walls, they go to pieces and break up, and the straw in them does not hold together on account of the roughness of the material. They should rather be made of white and chalky or of red clay, or even of a coarse grained gravelly clay. These materials are smooth and therefore durable; they are not heavy to work with, and are readily laid.

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„She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit…“

—  W. Somerset Maugham British playwright, novelist, short story writer 1874 - 1965

[1926, August, The Creative Impulse, Harper's Bazar, 41, 0017-7873, Hearst Corp., New York]
Revised with quotation in the 1931 compilation Six Stories Written in the First Person Singular.
Often misattributed to George Bernard Shaw or Oscar Wilde
Short Stories

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„A diamond was laying in the street covered with dirt. Many fools passed by. Someone who knew diamonds picked it up.“

—  Kabir Indian mystic poet 1440 - 1518

Sakhi, 171; translation by Yashwant K. Malaiya based on that of Puran Sahib.
Bijak

Persius photo

„O but it is a fine thing to have a finger pointed at one, and to hear people say, "That's the man!"“

—  Persius ancient latin poet 34 - 62

Satire I, line 28.
The Satires
Original: (la) At pulchrum est digito monstrari et dicier "hic est".

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„The bullet is a fool, the bayonet is a fine chap.“

—  Alexander Suvorov Russian military commander 1730 - 1800

Nauka pobezhdat, Dokumenty, vol. III, p. 504, cited in af.mil http://www.airpower.maxwell.af.mil/airchronicles/aureview/1986/nov-dec/menning.html.
Compare with "The bullet is a mad thing; only the bayonet knows what it is about." from "The Science of Victory," 1796.

Michael Foot photo

„Some fool or some trigger happy judicial finger.“

—  Michael Foot British politician 1913 - 2010

On the NIRC Judge Sir John Donaldson (Hansard, 7 May 1974, Col. 239)
1970s

John Ruskin photo

„Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.“

—  John Ruskin English writer and art critic 1819 - 1900

The Two Paths, Lecture II: The Unity of Art, section 54 (1859).

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„I am satisfied it has strengthened my hand tremendously. Nobody but a fool would disregard the kind of result we witnessed today.“

—  Ian Smith Prime Minister of Rhodesia 1919 - 2007

BBC News 'On this day' http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/august/31/newsid_2510000/2510755.stm, August 31.
Reaction to the 1977 general election in which his government was re-elected overwhelmingly.

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„Every book is a quotation; and every house is a quotation out of all forests and mines and stone-quarries; and every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.“

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882

1870s, Society and Solitude (1870), Quotation and Originality
Fonte: Prose and Poetry

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„His fine wit
Makes such a wound, the knife is lost in it.“

—  Percy Bysshe Shelley English Romantic poet 1792 - 1822

Letter to Maria Gisborne (1820), l. 240

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„Silence is the wit of fools, and one of the virtues of the wise.“

—  Anatole France French writer 1844 - 1924

Le silence est l'esprit des sots
Et l'une des vertus du sage.
Bernard de Bonnard, "Le Silence," http://books.google.com/books?id=9gAvAAAAMAAJ&pg=PR14&dq=%22Et+l%27une+des+vertus+du+sage%22+Bonnard&ei=iyzvR-bFOIa4zASV0PyoBQ#PPA244,M1 L'Almanach des Muses (1776)
Misattributed

Khaled Hosseini photo

„The finger cut, to save the hand.“

—  Khaled Hosseini, livro And the Mountains Echoed

Fonte: And the Mountains Echoed

Bob Dylan photo

„Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free.“

—  Bob Dylan American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and artist 1941

Song lyrics, Bringing It All Back Home (1965), Mr. Tambourine Man

William Shakespeare photo

„For what says Quinapalus? Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.“

—  William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

Variante: Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit.
Fonte: Twelfth Night

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