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“Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it. Many will read the book before one thinks of quoting a passage. As soon as he has done this, that line will be quoted east and west.”

“Quotation and Originality,” in Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Vol. 4 (Boston: Houghton, Osgood & Company, 1880), 154.
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