Categories: Quotations

I always have a quotation for everything—it saves original thinking.

Lord Peter Wimsey

I love a good quotation, but I'm regularly frustrated by inaccurate or misattributed quotes. For instance, the quote above (from Dorothy L. Sayers' Have His Carcase, chapter IV) is usually given as "A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought." I've read Sayers, but I knew the second version, not the first. Research showed that Sayers fans—who are OCD in all the right ways—failing to find that version anywhere in Sayers' work, have dismissed it as a sloppy paraphrase with an unknown origin.

I wasn't satisfied, and dug deeper. The second version is, in fact, a wholly accurate Lord Peter Wimsey quotation, it's just not from Sayers. It's from Philip Broadley's excellent television adaptation of Gaudy Night.

If you see a quotation on Signaland, it's accurate. I promise.

My quotation posts:

Vincent Van Gogh: Eyespy (2015-07-01)

Edgar Degas: More Feet Than a Spider (2015-07-03)

Roger Zelazny: Sight and Fury (2015-08-05)

Dante (trans. Merwin): Farewell (2015-08-10)

Hans Hofmann: Constant Stimulus (2015-08-24)

Manfred Sellink: Disappearing Act (2015-09-07)

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