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Quotations Media & Quotations Trivia

Social media makes great use of quotations media, as we now have so many social networks to share quotations media as text, images, audio snippets, video clips and vines. Quotations Trivia is often used as different kinds of media enhance a quote and give variety to a quiz.

A quotation is a small part of an artistic work. It is most often a phrase or paragraph from a book, poem or lyric, a sentence spoken in an interview, or a quote using a snippet of audio-visual media. It can also refer to elements of a painting, scenes from a movie, or sections from a musical composition.

“I always have a quotation for everything – it saves original thinking.”  Dorothy L. Sayers
Martin Luther King Jnr Quote

We haven’t learned to walk the earth as brothers and sisters. – Martin Luther King Jnr

A quote is indicated in print, or online, by wrapping the quoted part in quotation marks – eg “quotation”.

A block quotation, (see Dorothy Sayer’s quote), is differentiated from the main text as a paragraph, or block of text. It can be 20 – 100 words or more, but is usually approximately six to eight lines. Sometimes it has a border and, it is often a square, and uses larger or different text to stand out from the article.

A quotation is generally attributed by citation to its original source. The citation should provide the original authors name. Direct information about the work being quoted can also be added to show respect to the author, and to comply with copyright law. Online, a hyperlink to a source document or video may also be included, or a video may be shared or embedded as below.

Quotations are used for a variety of reasons and most users invoke “fair use” when they do so, as most country’s laws allow a small snippet of an owned work to be used without asking the author for copyright permission.

Copyright is an issue which is being addressed by the laws of many countries.  The current laws are outdated and cannot cope with the Internet. Now that individuals have easy ways to publish online, no-one has yet come up with a reasonable and workable model for protecting the copy rights of speakers, authors, musicians and other creative people.

Three Famous Quotations Media Misquotes

Many published quotes are incorrect or attributed to the wrong author. Quotations from obscure or unknown writers are often attributed to far more famous writers because it makes them more appealing to share in social media. Examples of this are Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde.

For example, the Star Trek phrase “Beam me up, Scotty” did not appear in that exact form in the original series. The famous Dirty Harry quote “Are you feeling lucky, punk?” is a rewording of the original dialogue: “You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya punk?”. Humphrey Bogart’s character Rick never said “Play it again, Sam”, in the movie “Casablanca”, it was just “Play it, Sam.”

Ryan Gosling Hey Girl Meme

Ryan Gosling the “Hey Girl” Memes are not Quotes

Misquotes are common, but are usually harmless, because the misquotation is simply just better known to people. It doesn’t really matter, as nothing is made up or used out of context.

Many modern celebrities, such as Ryan Gosling and the “Hey girl..” memes, have their image used with “quotes” that they never spoke in interviews or movies.

These memes serve only the purpose of the person who created this type of media.

Quotations Media v Memes

Ryan Gosling Image with

Ryan Gosling as Noah in the Notebook Quotation Media

Quotations media are commonly used online to offer inspiration and hope, to invoke philosophical thoughts or to state a common point of view and engage with the reader.

They are included in social profiles or signatures and give a glimpse of the user’s personality, make a statement of their beliefs, or spread their views. Whether they attribute the author or cite a source, this type of quotations media is positive and benign.

Similar to quotation media is the meme. These images are more often used for humourous purposes and rarely tie together a genuine quote and image with any intent towards accuracy or context. These viral images are created and shared online in social media, just because they make people laugh. Few memes can be said to be “politically correct” or about showing respect! They are just jokes and were not intended to be taken seriousely.

Wikiquote – An Accurate Curation of Quotations

Although many quotation collection websites flourish online, few of them curate with accurate attribution or correct citation.

The exception to this is Wikiquote.

On June 27, 2003, a sister project of the Wikimedia Foundation called Wikiquote was created as a free online encyclopedia of quotations. In 2004 it was converted to include quotations in every language. Like Wikipedia, Wikiquote provides an opportunity for visitors to contribute. It is now the biggest single quotation collection in the world.

Based on an idea by Daniel Alston and implemented by Brion Vibber, the goal of Wikiquote was to collaboratively produce a vast reference of quotations from prominent people, books, films, proverbs and other quotation media. It aims to be as accurate as possible in providing the details of the quotations and it cross-links to articles about the notable personalities that authored the quotes on Wikipedia.

To check a quotation source you can use online search features such as‘s Search Inside the Book and Google Book Search to check attributions. Wikiquote is a good reference source. Published books of quotation collections are good reference sources as publishers will have used diligence during their collation. You Tube is good for audio visual quotes.

Quotation Trivia

Gough Whitlam Quote

August 16, 1975, Gough Whitlam, Vincent Lingiari

Trivia is similar in some ways to quotes, in that trivia facts are snippets taken from a greater topic.

Quotation trivia is very popular as a trivia question topic. A well chosen trivia quote has its own personality, in line with the person who said it.

It is topical to the personality, shared in news articles, well known by fans, and often repeated.

This is what makes a quotation recognisable, even guessable, as a quote coming from a particular person – even if people have never heard of the quote before.



Ryan Gosling re the Hey Girl Memes

I never said that! I understand if you’re in a movie and you say ‘I’ll be back’ you have to own it, … but I never said it.”    March 14, 2015 Reuters

Ryan Gosling You Tube Interview about the Hey Girl Memes
The feminist blog and book and Ryan Gosling memes

Inspiration:  ‘Quotation’ , Wikipedia contributors, Wikipedia, 6 January 2015, 00:15 UTC, [accessed 5 April 2015]