->''"I wish I'd said that."''\\
--'''Creator/OscarWilde''', to a witty remark by James [=McNeill=] Whistler

->''"You will, Oscar, you will!"''\\
--'''James [=McNeill=] Whistler''', riposte to the above

Administrivia/ThereIsNoSuchThingAsNotability, but [[{{Snowclone}} There IS Such a Thing as Quotability]].

You've probably encountered these authors. They are the ones whose sayings adorn the inside pages of books, who appear on t-shirts, whose appearance is almost guaranteed on any QuoteOverdosed page or series that makes use of {{Epigraph}}s. They will have the largest section on BeamMeUpScotty, in fact BeamMeUpScotty will form their best known quotes for a lie can travel halfway round the world while the truth is putting on its shoes (Creator/MarkTwain). Somehow these authors have managed to be inherently quotable. Their words tug on the imagination, perhaps more than they do on fact but hey, imagination is more important than knowledge (UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein). They also tend to be people to look up to for their intellect; people want to seem witty not just for saying something witty but also for saying something said by someone witty even though a witty saying proves nothing (Creator/{{Voltaire}}). There is also the fact that people depend on SmallReferencePools so once someone gets into the popular consciouness, they will circle around it for infinity.(Troper)

[[http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=297952 Studies have been done]] on the ultimate master list of quotable authors but there are still more out there but there are still those who can gain infamy for a delightful epigram. They face a problem of saturation though for it seems that every poetic piece of wit gets attributed back to the same stock AuthorsOfQuote when people are unsure of who really to acknowledge.
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!! Examples:

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* ''Literature/TheBible'', especially {{Jesus}}.
* Creator/{{Confucius}}
* Creator/{{Laozi}}
* Creator/{{Aristotle}}[[/index]]
** Ask yourself what would an intellectual do? [[Film/AFishCalledWanda What would Plato do?]][[index]]
* [[Creator/{{Cicero}} Marcus Tullius Cicero]], granddaddy of oration, "Let the punishment match the crime" and expressed admiration for the literature of...
* Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar: "The die is cast", "I came, I saw, I conquered".

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* Creator/WilliamShakespeare. In fact it now considered polite to ''not'' say "As the Bard said..." because it seems like you're trying to sound impressive for knowing some Shakespeare which is in fact very unimpressive.
** There is in fact a famous comedy sketch entitled “For You Are Quoting Shakespeare”. It focuses not on the iconic lines of his works, such as “to be or not to be”, but the lines which are so absolutely popular that they have entered every-day vocabulary. There’s a surprisingly large number.
* Creator/{{Moliere}} : 17th century French playwright, whose plays have a lot of quotes which entered the French language.

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* Creator/{{Voltaire}} whose writings inspired countless writers and were used in [[UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution two]] [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution revolutions]]. Look him up, he is a source of endless fun quotables.
* Creator/JeanJacquesRousseau
* There seems to be a law that any famous quote by an obscure person has a 50% chance of being assigned to [[NapoleonBonaparte Napoleon]].
* Creator/BenjaminFranklin. From ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix'':
-->'''John Adams:''' "I've got better things to do than listen to you quote yourself!"
* UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson gave the world arguably the five most important words of the past few hundred years: "All men are created equal." And he was just getting started, [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation good thing]] [[VillainWithGoodPublicity he had his slaves on hand to fetch him more ink and paper so he could write it all down.]]
* Creator/OscarWilde: Most people in the world have probably read more of his quotations than of his books.
-->When, with the literate, I am
-->Compelled to try an epigram,
-->I never seek to take the credit;
-->We just assume that Oscar said it.
** Poem by Creator/DorothyParker, TheSnarkKnight, herself an example.
** Acknowledged, in their own special way, by Uncyclopedia with the [[http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Unquotable:Oscar_Wilde many fake Wilde quotes]] used to top pages.
* Creator/FriedrichNietzsche. His quotes have even become a KanyeWest song.
* UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln
* [[Creator/RalphWaldoEmerson Ralph Waldo]] [[http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Ralph_Waldo_Emerson Emerson]]
* Creator/LewisCarroll. ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' is the third most quoted book in the world, apparently.
* Creator/KarlMarx
* Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
* Creator/MarkTwain (Samuel Clemens)
* Creator/AlfredLordTennyson is the second-most quoted author in the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. His best-known is probably ''"Tis better to have loved and lost..."''
* Creator/AlexanderPushkin
* Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, perhaps the most quotable German-speaker of recent times.
* Friedrich Schiller

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* Creator/MaeWest
* [[Creator/MarxBrothers Groucho Marx]].
* Creator/GKChesterton: "Anything worth doing is worth doing badly." "A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it." "Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere." "I believe in getting into hot water; it keeps you clean."
* Creator/WCFields
* UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein
* UsefulNotes/VladimirLenin
* Creator/GeorgeOrwell
* UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud (but only when [[FreudWasRight he was right]]).
* UsefulNotes/FranklinDRoosevelt certainly had a few.
* There also seems to be a law that any famous quote by an obscure person has a 50% chance of being assigned to UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill.
* UsefulNotes/CharlesDeGaulle
* UsefulNotes/AntonioDeOliveiraSalazar

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* YogiBerra (who [[BeamMeUpScotty never said half the things he said]]).
* Creator/TerryPratchett
* Noam Chomsky
* Creator/DouglasAdams
* Music/BobDylan: Probably the most quoted singer in the world.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein, mostly because ''The Notebooks of Lazarus Long'', a collection of quotes from the character (who appeared in several books), was published independently of the novels. He still ranks up there with Pratchett and Adams in terms of quotable sci-fi authors.
* Furthermore, a law can be observed that a random quote from an obscure person has a 50% chance of being from Music/BobMarley.
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