Susan Slaughter

The Little SAS Book for Enterprise Guide 4.2: The Authors’ Cut

In Enterprise Guide, Everything, Little SAS Book Series, Quotations, SAS on May 12, 2010 at 12:40 pm

From the first edition, The Little SAS Book: A Primer has had quotes at the beginning of each chapter. It is a literary, whimsical touch, intended as much for irony as for inspiration.

But when we wrote the first Little SAS Book for Enterprise Guide, we had such a tight deadline that we didn’t have time to find quotes.  This time around, however, we made adding quotes a priority. And I’m proud to say that we found some really good ones–18 good ones, in fact, enough for every chapter and tutorial, and even for the acknowledgments and appendix.  However, we also found some great quotes that weren’t quite right for the book. So here I present, for your edification and enjoyment, the quotes that ended up on the cutting room floor:

The author who speaks about his own books is almost as bad as a mother who talks about her own children.
Benjamin Disraeli, speech Nov. 19,1870.

Let him be kept from paper, pen, and ink;
So he may cease to write, and learn to think.

Prior, To the Person Who Wrote Ill, On Same Person.

Words, words, mere words, no matter from the heart.
Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida. Act V. Sc. 3. L. 108.

Syllables govern the world.
John Selden, Table Talk, Power.

It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
Benjamin Disraeli (Earl of Beaconsfield), Speech in House of Commons, Jan. 24, 1860.

The art of quotation requires more delicacy in the practice than those conceive who can see nothing more in a quotation than an extract.
Isaac Disraeli.

Every quotation contributes something to the stability or enlargement of the language.
Samuel Johnson, Preface to Dictionary.1

Bring me no more reports.
Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act 5, Sc. 3, L. 1.

Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it.
Emerson, Letters and Social Aims, Quotation and Originality.

With just enough learning to misquote.
Byron, English Bards and Scotch Reviewers L. 66.1

The greater part of our writers…have become so original, that no one cares to imitate them: and those who never quote in return are seldom quoted.
Isaac Disraeli, Curiosities of Literature, Quotation.

Fine words! I wonder where you stole them.
Swift, Verses. Occasioned by Whitehed’s Motto on his Coach.

I always have a quotation for everything—it saves original thinking.
Lord Peter Wimsey in Have His Carcass by Dorothy Sayers, 1932.

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