1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Quotation
QUOTATION, a passage repeated from the writings or speech of another. The verb "to quote" comes from Med. Lat. quotare (from quot, how many), to refer to by numbers, i.e. of page, chapter, &c., also to separate into chapters, verses, &c. The term is also specifically applied to the statement of the current prices of goods and commodities, and of stocks and shares (see stock exchange).
Useful lists of familiar quotations may be found in the following: H. T. Riley, Dictionary of Latin and Greek Quotations, ed. Bohn; P. H. Dalbiac, Dictionary of English Quotations (1896) ; in the same series, T. B. Harbottle, Classical Quotations (1897), and T. B. Harbottle and P. H. Dalbiac, French and Italian Quotations (1901); Robinson Smith, English Quotations (n.d.); H. P. Jones, A New Dictionary of Foreign Phrases and Classical Quotations; J. K. Hoyt and A. L. Ward, The Cyclopaedia of Practical Quotations, English and Latin (1892); Cassell's Book of Quotations (1901); J. Bartlett, Familiar Quotations . . . in Ancient and Modern Literature (1902); in Notes and Queries, the indices to the various series contain, grouped under the heading "Quotation," a large number of out-of-the-way quotations.