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"Quote" Versus "Quotation"

The Difference Between the Words "Quote" and "Quotation"


To quote means to repeat the exact words of another with the acknowledgement of the source.

A quotation is a phrase or a sentence from a book or a speech that reflects the author's profound thoughts.

Often the words quote and quotation are used interchangeably. Quote is a verb and quotation is a noun. So, in effect, you quote a quotation.

Despite that, using "quote" instead of "quotation" is so prevalent that it is sometimes considered acceptable. So, you will find terms like: love quotes, inspirational quotes, funny quotes...

Note: In deference to popular usage, the Quotations GuideSite on About.com uses these words interchangeably.

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