A "quotation" is usually a short text - perhaps one or two sentences - written or spoken by one (usually famous) person and often repeated or at least known by others. Every language has its famous quotations, and they range from highly amusing to deadly serious. Often they express a deep truth in a short, clever way - even the amusing ones.
Here are 7 of my favourite quotations, arranged (very loosely) from humorous to serious. Have a look at them and try to understand them. Do you agree with them? You can find explanations of some of the more difficult words in Wordchecker at the end.
"It is a secret in the Oxford sense. You may tell it to
only one person at a time."
"The head cannot take in more than the seat can endure."
Winston Churchill on long speeches
"Only the insane take themselves seriously."
"To be uncertain is uncomfortable; but to be certain
"Say what you have to say in the fewest possible words."
Sir Arthur Bryant
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to
"When words lose their meaning, people lose their freedom."
Abbreviations used for authors:
Anon. = Anonymous (author unknown)
Abbreviations used for dates:
BCE = Before the Common Era (same as BC, Before Christ)
CE = Common Era (same as AD, Anno Domini meaning After Christ)
c = circa meaning about, approximately
Abbreviations used in Wordchecker:
BrE = British English | AmE = American English
endure (verb): suffer patiently; tolerate
insane (adjective): seriously mentally ill
seat (noun): a person's buttocks