Why do we love quotations? Marlene Dietrich, the German-born American actress and singer, summed it up nicely when she said “I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself.” Whether you are looking for daily inspiration, the author of a quote that you can’t quite remember, or just the right opener for your school report, these five sites make it easy.

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Annabelle's Quotation Guide4 stars

From "Adventure" to "Writing," Annabelle's quotes are arranged into 120 topics, including some unique ones such as "September 2001 Attacks" and "Censorship & Free Speech." Click on any quote's author to see more, or visit "Topics" to browse authors alphabetically. There is also a search function, making it easy to find exactly what you are looking for. Annabelle's best clicks, however, are her Quote Grams. Pair a quote with a photo, and send them to friends and family.

Bartleby.com: Familiar Quotations4 stars

John Bartlett, an American publisher born in 1820, published nine editions of "Familiar Quotations" in his lifetime. This is the 1919 tenth edition, the first to be produced after his death. Traverse it with the search function, or the chronological and alphabetic author indexes. There is also an alphabetic concordance of keywords, which is interesting to peruse, but not as useful as a topic index would be.

Brainy Quote5 stars

Brainy Quote hosts "over 38,000 famous quotes by 10,000 authors from Aristotle to Zappa." But it's the author bios and fun extras that make Brainy Quote my pick of the day. Many quote collections simply list the author's name, but at Brainy Quote each author's page includes some biographical facts and a link to their books at Amazon.com. Want to add a daily quote to your own site? No problem. In fact, Brainy Quote offers six topics for you to choose from. And just for the fun of it, try your hand at Quote Trivia.

The Quotations Page5 stars

"You've reached the oldest quotation site on the Web, established 1994. We have over 19,000 quotations online from over 2400 authors." And oodles of features too, such as daily quotes via email (choose either motivational or assorted topics), a forum to ask and answer quotation related questions, and daily quotes for your website. The Quotations Page also features mini-bios for each author (hooray!) along with outbound links to attributed quotes from other online collections.

Quote World5 stars

Quote World is well-organized, and chock full of great features including a forum, daily quote via email, a small collection of speeches and notable documents, and the ability to submit a quote. Their collection of 15,000 quotes can be browsed by topic or author, or searched by keyword. Love to collect quotations? Then you must visit their brand-new sister site, where you can create your database of quotes. Registration is required, but free.

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Honorable Mentions

The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

Mathematical Quotations Server


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Feldman, Barbara. "Quotations." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 28 Jan. 2004. Web. 31 Aug. 2015. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/quotations/ >.

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