I see many posts here showing quotes and discussing quotes, yet it is not always a matter of quotes and they are not always properly attributed.
A quote is something said or written by an usually identified individual. It should always be attributed to that individual. If the individual is not known, it should be attributed to “anonymous” or “unknown”.
Proverbs and sayings are traditional expressions whose individual source is unknown. However, they, too, should be attributed somehow. That can be done as “Proverb from Russia”, “Saying from England”, etc.
This, for instance, is a quote:
“If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.”
(Anatole France, French author)
“In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is.”
(Jan L.A. van de Snepscheut)
And this is a proverb:
“What you see in yourself is what you see in the world.”
(Proverb from Afghanistan)
It is not okay just to list quotes and proverbs without attributing them, and that is especially important with quotes. The original author has right to get credit for his words.
Related articles: "Proverbs - Some Favourites" and "Some Favourite Quotes".
Copyright © 2020 Meleonymica/Mictorrani. All Rights Reserved.
(If you liked this, please consider leaving a tip, either here or via CoinTr.ee)
If you are interested in words and expressions, join my community The Power of Words (4be2).
You find all my writings on Read.Cash, sorted by topic, here.