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What Is A Direct Quotation

A direct quotation is evident when you take another person’s words and put them in your document. They should always be placed between the quotation marks (MLA, APA, Chicago Etc.). There is no need to present all evidence as a direct quotation.

Examples Of Direct Quotation From Popular Authors

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. – Oscar Wilde

I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best. – Marilyn Monroe

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe. – Albert Einstein

So many books, so little time. – Frank Zappa

A room without books is like a body without a soul. – Marcus Tullius Cicero

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind. – Bernard M. Baruch

You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. – Dr. Seuss

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough. – Mae West

Be the change that you wish to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on. – Robert Frost

If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals. – J.K. Rowling

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything. – Mark Twain

Friendship … is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself – C.S. Lewis

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou

A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you. – Elbert Hubbard

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. – Oscar Wilde

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. – Martin Luther King Jr

Without music, life would be a mistake. – Friedrich Nietzsche

I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying. – Oscar Wilde

We accept the love we think we deserve. – Stephen Chbosky

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results. – Narcotics Anonymous

Direct Quotation 500 Ideas For You

I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together. – Marilyn Monroe

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – H. Jackson Brown Jr

Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life. – direct quotation from Bob Marley

It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. – J.K. Rowling

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid. – Jane Austen

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring. – Marilyn Monroe

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. – Albert Einstein

It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live. – J.K. Rowling

Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. – Mark Twain

As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once. – John Green

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. – Oscar Wilde

It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it. – Maurice Switzer

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool. – William Shakespeare

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. – Neil Gaiman

Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans. – Allen Saunders

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present. – Bill Keane

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. – Thomas A. Edison

A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water. – Eleanor Roosevelt

It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. – Friedrich Nietzsche

The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read. – Mark Twain

If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything. – Gordon A. Eadie

Direct Quotation From Appa

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be. – douglas adams

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close. – Pablo Neruda

I solemnly swear that I am up to no good. – J.K. Rowling

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read. – direct quotation from Groucho Marx

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. – Albert Einstein

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. – Dr. Seuss

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. – William Shakespeare

Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. – Neil Gaiman

A day without sunshine is like, you know, night. – Steve Martin

Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well. – Mark Twain

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one. – George R.R. Martin

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go – Dr. Seuss

That which does not kill us makes us stronger. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. – Lao Tzu

It is never too late to be what you might have been. – George Eliot

For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends. – J.K. Rowling

200 Short Direct Quotation

This life is what you make it. No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends – they’ll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything – they’re your true best friends. Don’t let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they’ll come and go too. And baby, I hate to say it, most of them – actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can’t give up because if you give up, you’ll never find your soulmate. You’ll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about. – Marilyn Monroe

I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by. – Douglas Adams

If you judge people, you have no time to love them. – direct quotation by Mother Teresa

There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment. – Sarah Dessen

If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself. – Albert Einstein

I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. – Robert A. Heinlein

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. – Maya Angelou

Anyone who thinks sitting in church can make you a Christian must also think that sitting in a garage can make you a car. – Garrison Keillor

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library. – Jorge Luis Borges

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. – Haruki Murakami

Everything you can imagine is real. – Pablo Picasso

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. – Robert A. Heinlein

We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are. – Anaïs Nin

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple. – Dr. Seuss

You may not be her first, her last, or her only. She loved before she may love again. But if she loves you now, what else matters? She’s not perfect—you aren’t either, and the two of you may never be perfect together but if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the most you can. She may not be thinking about you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break—her heart. So don’t hurt her, don’t change her, don’t analyze and don’t expect more than she can give. Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad, and miss her when she’s not there. – Bob Marley

Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them. – Lemony Snicket

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. – C.S. Lewis

We read to know we’re not alone. – William Nicholson

Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. – John Green

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. – Charles M. Schulz

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye. – Jim Henson

Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real? – J.K. Rowling

Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You. – Dr. Seuss

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default. – J.K. Rowling

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. – George Bernard Shaw

To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure – J.K. Rowling

I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens. – Woody Allen

If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. – Oscar Wilde

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales. – Albert Einstein

100 Long Direct Quotation From Top Authors

Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere. – Albert Einstein

I am nothing special, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough – Nicholas Sparks

Sometimes people are beautiful.
Not in looks.
Not in what they say.
Just in what they are. – Markus Zusak

Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it – Nicholas Sparks

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston S. Churchill

Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love. – Mother Teresa

I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. – Groucho Marx

Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be. – Shel Silverstein

If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you. – Joan Powers

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us – Helen Keller

Saying ‘I notice you’re a nerd’ is like saying, ‘Hey, I notice that you’d rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you’d rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?’ In fact, it seems to me that most contemporary insults are pretty lame. Even ‘lame’ is kind of lame. Saying ‘You’re lame’ is like saying ‘You walk with a limp.’ Yeah, whatever, so does 50 Cent, and he’s done all right for himself. – John Green

It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be. – J.K. Rowling

People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life – Elizabeth Gilbert

So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be. – Stephen Chbosky

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. – Albert Einstein

You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not. – direct quotation by Jodi Picoult

There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature. – Jane Austen

The difference between genius and stupidity is: genius has its limits. – Alexandre Dumas-fils

Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead. – Charles Bukowski

You don’t have a soul, Doctor. You are a soul. You have a body, temporarily. – Walter M. Miller Jr.

If you can make a woman laugh, you can make her do anything. – Marilyn Monroe

Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings. – Anais Nin

We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love. – Robert Fulghum

What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though. – J.D. Salinger

I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman. – Virginia Woolf

Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. – John Green

Do one thing every day that scares you. – Eleanor Roosevelt

It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it. – Oscar Wilde

The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it. – Terry Pratchett

If I had a flower for every time I thought of you…I could walk through my garden forever – Alfred Tennyson

Not all those who wander are lost. – J.R.R. Tolkien

Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. – Marthe Troly-Curtin

One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us. – Cassandra Clare

Reality continues to ruin my life. – Bill Watterson

There is no pretending,” Jace said with absolute clarity. “I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I’ll love you then. – Cassandra Clare

Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody. – Stephen Chbosky

The real lover is the man who can thrill you by kissing your forehead or smiling into your eyes or just staring into space. – Marilyn Monroe

If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it. – Toni Morrison

He’s like a drug for you, Bella. – Stephenie Meyer

The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive. – John Green

To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable. – C.S. Lewis

Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love. – J.K. Rowling

A wise girl kisses but doesn’t love, listens but doesn’t believe, and leaves before she is left. – Marilyn Monroe

The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept. – George Carlin

Go to heaven for the climate and hell for the company. – direct quotation by Benjamin Franklin Wade

When someone loves you, the way they talk about you is different. You feel safe and comfortable. – Jess C. Scott, The Intern

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. – Ernest Hemingway

I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us. – J.R.R. Tolkien

I am good, but not an angel. I do sin, but I am not the devil. I am just a small girl in a big world trying to find someone to love. – Marilyn Monroe

And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. – Paulo Coelho

You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one. – John Lennon

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it. – Harper Lee

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