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Make a Distinction Between Quotes & Proverbs, and Attribute Properly!

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1 year ago

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)

Or this:

“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".

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I agree with you. People who contribute a lot in this nation should be credited or known even though they are extinct.

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1 year ago

Thank you a lot for sharing this article 😊❤️

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1 year ago

Many many thanks to you my dear for sharing the article.

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1 year ago

Wow dear this article is really helpful thank you dear so sharing...

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1 year ago

There are many proverb which we use as usually in our everyday life. You can share more proverb with us. I want to know more which I don't know actually.

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1 year ago

Ok, I will make an article about that.

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1 year ago

Okay dear.

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1 year ago

Thanks for this I Neva knew u must acknowledge quires and proverbs.

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Proverb is a border case. It is not illegal to use them without any attribution, because they belong to the public domain, but it's proper to provide one with the information that is available about it. Let's say it is good taste.

For a quote, it is necessary. What sort of quote is it if you don't say whom you are quoting? Moreover, if you are quoting a text with valid copyright, it is a crime to quote it without attribution. It would be a copyright violation. But it is held that every creator, even if copyright would be expired, has the moral right to be credited for his work. So that's what you have to think of for quotes.

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1 year ago

I hope I won't be jailed for not attributing anyone in a quote 😜

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1 year ago

Thank you for sharing these proverbs and quotes; I have not come across them before.

The one from Afghanistan is particularly useful.

From Egypt to literature; where to next?????

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We will see.

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1 year ago

I have always thought of quotes to be something said by famous people and sayings or proverbs are more of a cultural thing. Thank you for highlighting the distinction between them.

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But then you were perfectly right!

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