This collection maintained by and are copyright © 1991-2024, Faisal N. Jawdat, firstname.lastname@example.org.
I started keeping a list of quotations in 1991. It grew uncontrolably. It was initially published internally at Carnegie Mellon, and I put it on the web some time in 1994. Somewhere in there I started receiving scores of submissions and corrections.
At this point I pretty much act as an editor for submissions and don’t really add anything directly myself. It’s not really clear what the criteria for inclusion are, because there really aren’t any but whim, and that whim is often not my whim. For example, Joshua Schachter outsourced his quotes file to me - the majority of entries in it were folded in to mine and his was discarded. Note: this is why I have included things I said in here: because other people told me to.
Thanks to everyone who pointed out our errors and submitted quotes. Special thanks to Aleecia M. McDonald and Dan Martinez for habitually reading over everything, pointing out errors, and generally being proofreading deities.
Entries attributed to “unknown” struck me as worth including, but were not accompanied by an attribution. If you know who said it, please contact me.
Entries attributed to “anonymous” struck me as worth including, but are intentionally not attributed.
Yes, I do know that the proper term is “quotations”. However, the name comes from CMU’s standard usage of “quotes file”.
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