The making direct and unacknowledged quotations, and palming them off as the quoter's, is a very grave literary offense.
Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it.
A quoter is either ostentatious of his acquirements, or doubtful of his cause.
A quoter is either ostentatious of his acquirements or doubtful of his cause.
Had he been a quoter of Scripture his chosen text might have been, "Am I my brother's keeper?"
Like Suger, Peter the Venerable was a quoter of the classics, and a literary man.
late 14c., coten, "to mark (a book) with chapter numbers or marginal references," from Old French coter, from Medieval Latin quotare "distinguish by numbers, number chapters," from Latin quotus "which in order? what number (in sequence)?," from quot "how many," from PIE *kwo-ti-, from pronomial root *kwo- (see who).
The sense development is via "to give as a reference, to cite as an authority" (1570s) to "to copy out or repeat exact words" (1670s). Modern spelling with qu- is from early 15c. The business sense of "to state the price of a commodity" (1866) revives the etymological meaning. Related: Quoted; quoting.
"a quotation," 1885, from quote (v.). From c.1600 as "a marginal reference." Quotes for "quotation marks" is from 1869.