The in-text citation is a brief reference within your text that indicates the source you consulted. It should properly attribute any ideas, paraphrases, or direct quotations to your source, and should direct readers to the entry in the list of works cited. For the most part, an in-text citation is the author’s name and page number (or just the page number, if the author is named in the sentence) in parentheses:
Be sure to introduce the author from the source work within the sentence itself and use quotation marks. No comma is necessary to introduce the quoted phrase.
~Gary Saul Morson, "Bakhtin, The Genres of Quotation, and The Aphoristic Consciousness," , Vol. 50, No. 1, 2006
[D]ifferent people have different quotational gravity.
~Yi-fu Tuan, "Intimate: From Justice to Love," , 1999
An aphorism is never exactly true.
It is either a half-truth or a truth and a half.
Someone who can write aphorisms should not fritter away his time writing essays.
Landon, , 1832
All quotation dictionaries stand on the shoulders of their predecessors, which must be consulted as part of the effort to make sure that no famous quotations are missed.
~"The Art of Quoting," , May 1906
[T]hinking, thinking, remembering, biding her time, uttering extensive dreamy theories and troubling witticisms, with an occasional incorrectness of folk-songs in her speech.
The greater part of our writers, in consequence, have become so original, that no one cares to imitate them; and those who never quote, in return are never quoted!
~Isaac D'Israeli, "The Philosophy of Proverbs,"
It is generally supposed that where there is no QUOTATION, there will be found most originality; and as people like to lay out their money according to their notions, our writers usually furnish their pages rapidly with the productions of their own soil: they run up a quickset hedge, or plant a poplar, and get trees and hedges of this fashion much faster than the former landlords procured their timber.
~William Watson, "A Note on Epigram," 1883
A good thought is indeed a great boon, for which God is to be first thanked; next he who is the first to utter it, and then, in a lesser, but still in a considerable degree, the friend who is the first to quote it to us.
~Louis Menand, "Notable Quotables: Is there anything that is not a quotation?" 2007 February 19th,
Bayle, when writing on "Comets," discovered this; for having collected many things applicable to his work, as they stood quoted in some modern writers, when he came to compare them with their originals, he was surprised to find that they were nothing for his purpose!
~Christian Nestell Bovee, "Quoters and Quoting," , 1862
Many lines, and groups of lines, which we are in the habit of quoting from a body of continuous verse, are essentially Epigrams.
~Octave Mirbeau, 1900, and Terri Guillemets, 2016, altered prose
"But quotation is useless when all is so excellent..." ~Review of , "Books of the Month," , edited by Ernest Bowen-Rowlands, April 1892
~Isaac D'Israeli, "Quotation," , second edition, 1824
A learned historian declared to me of a contemporary, that the latter had appropriated his researches; he might, indeed, and he had a right to refer to the same originals; but if his predecessor had opened the sources for him, gratitude is not a silent virtue.
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote." The delight is our natural response to the monuments of creativity and wisdom, kept alive by quotations, a communal bond uniting us with past culture and with other lovers of words and ideas in our own time.