Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Journal entry, 1867. Journals, vol. 16, eds. Ronald Bosco and Glen Johnson (1982).

The passage later appeared in Letters and Social Aims, "Quotation and Originality" (1876), in which Emerson commented, "By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote."
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