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Revision as of 19:25, 15 January 2018

Memorable Quotes
"Since there's no ending quote mark, everything after this is part of my quote. —€Randall Munroe
Title text: "Since there's no ending quote mark, everything after this is part of my quote. —€Randall Munroe

Explanation

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If you can address this issue, please edit the page! Thanks.

This comic "helpfully" provides random quotes to be used by anyone as blurbs, online reviews, motivational quotes or similar short bits of text. Either the webcomic xkcd or its creator Randall Munroe may be quoted using any of the provided lines, as stated at the top of the comic.

In particular, their "usefulness" lies in the fact that almost any of them can be applied to almost any situation. This is achieved by making each quote not really about anything in particular, aside from the fact that they are quotes. This is in contrast to typical quotes, which are never quite this aware that they will be quoted, but this is to be expected when the lines here were made solely for being quoted.

These self-aware quotes are, on a meta level, jokes about quotations generally. Most of Randall's quotes either sabotage the quoting work, reference some aspect of quotes as used in practice, or both---and it can be both when the aspects referenced are about twisting people's words to look like they agree with you.

Table

Quote Explanation
"I disagree strongly with whatever work this quote is attached to." It is possible to quote someone who disagrees strongly with you in a way that looks like they do.
"This quote was taken out of context." It is just as possible to take a quote out of context to make your argument look good.
"This quote is often falsely attributed to Mark Twain." Many quotes are misquoted as being said by famous people (such as Mark Twain, Dr. Seuss, or Albert Einstein). If this quote was attributed to Mark Twain, however, it would be immediately clear that either it wasn't said by him, or he was lying at the time.
"I'm being quoted to introduce something, but I have no idea what it is and certainly don't endorse it." This is likely the case for many famous, widely admired people who are often quoted for all sorts of arguments, even diametrically opposed ones.
"This quote is very memorable." One hopes this to be the case, but this quote is very forgettable because of its blandness and because of the fact that it's found in a list of far more interesting quotes.
"I wrote this book, and the person quoting me here is taking credit for it." The quote is sabotaging the work that uses it.
"This entire thing is the quote, not just the part in quote marks." [Quote marks, brackets, and editor's note are all in the original- Ed.] The quote itself is referencing how sometimes quotes include mistakes or typographical oddities that may make the reader worry a mistake has been made by the quoting author. An editor's note can be included to assure the original was like that.
"Websites that collect quotes are full of mistakes and never check original sources." Websites that collect quotes are infamous for not checking sources. This has been parodied in many ways.
"This quote will be the only part of the presentation that you remember." Randall asserts that the presentation this quote is found in will be very forgettable, making it likely that a lot of people will listen closer to prove the quote wrong.
"Oooh, look at me, I looked up a quote!" Quotes are used to add weight, wit, or authority to a work. If your quote doesn't quite manage this, however, then the inclusion of the quote might just look like you're trying to impress people.
"If you're doing a text search in this document for the word 'butts,' the good news is that it's here, but the bad news is that it only appears in this unrelated quote." This would probably occur if you decided to follow Randall's advice and include this quote in your work.
"Wait, what if these quote marks are inside out, so everything in the rest of the document is the quotation and this part isn't? Duuuuude."
"The editors of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations are a bunch of cowards who don't have the guts to print this." The author of this quote is apparently making a desperate attempt to get a quote published by challenging the editors of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations.
"This quote only looks profound when it's in a script font over a sunset." Inspirational quotes are often set in a fancy font above a picture of a sunset, mountain range, beach, etc. to make them look more profound. This quote suggests that, without such formatting, it looks boring and average.
"I don't do a lot of public speaking, so I looked up a memorable quote to start my speech, and this is what I found. OK, you're staring at me blankly, but this whole thing is a quote. I know that sounds confusing, but... You know what, never mind!"
"Sent from my iPhone." This is the default email signature on an iPhone. Quoting this would lead the reader to think that you typed the rest of the work on your phone.

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Title Text "Since there's no ending quotation mark, everything after this is my quote- Randall Munroe. Randall Munroe is saying that because there's no ending quotation mark, the rest of the book this quote is in is part of Randall's quote, including, weirdly, the piece of text after what the quote should be specifying that Randall has also said his name.

Transcript

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Looking for a quote for something? Here are some for general use.

They can be attributed to xkcd or Randall Munroe as needed.

  • "I disagree strongly with whatever work this quote is attached to."
  • "This quote was taken out of context."
  • "This quote is often falsely attributed to Mark Twain."
  • "I'm being quoted to introduce something, but I have no idea what it is and certainly don't endorse it."
  • "This quote is very memorable."
  • "I wrote this book, and the person quoting me here is taking credit for it."
  • "This entire thing is the quote, not just the part in quote marks." [quote marks, brackets, and editor's note are all in the original. -ED.]
  • "Websites that collect quotes are full of mistakes and never check original sources."
  • "This quote will be the only part of this presentation you remember."
  • "Oooh, look at me, I looked up a quote!"
  • "If you're doing a text search in this document for the word 'butts,' the good news is that it's here, but the bad news is that it only appears in this unrelated quote."
  • "Wait, what if these quote marks are inside out, so everything in the rest of the document is the quotation and this part isn't? Duuuuude."
  • "The editors of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations are a bunch of cowards who don't have the guts to print this."
  • "This quote only looks profound when it's in a script font over a sunset."
  • "I don't do a lot of public speaking, so I looked up a memorable quote to start my speech, and this is what I found. OK, you're staring at me blankly, but this whole thing is a quote. I know that sounds confusing, but... You know what, never mind!"
  • "Sent from my iPhone."
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Discussion

I was wondering how long it would take someone to do that. I was going to, but am using a borrowed computer and somehow haven't even got MS Paint. --Angel (talk) 12:18, 15 January 2018 (UTC)
My take on the subject, formatted for facebook cover: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10210420725248312&set=a.2436502425804.2109193.1049013773&type=3&theater 141.101.96.220 12:29, 15 January 2018 (UTC)
When reading this comic my first reaction was "I'm so doing that", followed by "Someone else probably already has", LOL! Colour me unsurprised it's even the first comment thread. Too bad Facebook's idiotic theater mode crashes my iPad, which is what I use to read XKCD. :) And Imgur doesn't work in the first place (but at least I have a workaround in place for Imgur). NiceGuy1 (talk) 07:57, 16 January 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for the Facebook format, I have just used it, hope that was OK since it was published like that. Will only be for a few days ;-) --Kynde (talk) 17:05, 16 January 2018 (UTC)
Steal away, that's why I linked it :) 141.101.96.187 22:22, 17 January 2018 (UTC)

To a lot of these, especially #7, this question applies. Fabian42 (talk) 09:25, 15 January 2018 (UTC)

The more I look at it, the more I want to put #6 ("I wrote this book...") on an actual book. But print books are sold for money, and one day might even make a profit. Not sure if the offer implied in "Here are some for general use" is intended to override the 'no commercial use' restriction on xkcd in general. -- Angel (talk) 15:29, 15 January 2018 (UTC)

Quotes can be used even in commercial works and without the autors contend. (With some restrictions depending on your jurisdiction.) But using a single of those quotes in a book should be fine almoste everywhere. 162.158.92.64 19:55, 15 January 2018 (UTC)
Sorry, I have to, LOL!: *author's *consent *almost :) NiceGuy1 (talk) 07:57, 16 January 2018 (UTC)

My programmer mind really hates the missing quote mark in the title text... Reminds me of 859: (. Crap! Now that’s going to bother me for the rest of the day too! - 172.68.65.174 00:42, 16 January 2018 (UTC)

And we shouldn't forget: Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum videtur! -- Hkmaly (talk) 01:31, 16 January 2018 (UTC)

Please never remove the "is a big jerk.""-part of the title text quote explanation. It's very cathartic. Maplestrip (talk) 09:25, 16 January 2018 (UTC)

Yes I for once agree to such a joke in the explanation ;-) --Kynde (talk) 17:05, 16 January 2018 (UTC)
<sigh> I was SO just about to remove that! 8^) Mr. I (talk) 02:09, 17 January 2018 (UTC)
<sigh> It's been removed. Had to check the history. Whoever did it called it vandalism. I swear I saw part of it, that said "As you can see by the first four words", because I remember searching for the 4 words, LOL! I think it was better before. :) NiceGuy1 (talk) 05:59, 19 January 2018 (UTC)

“This quote is very false” —PotatoGod (talk) 18:25, 16 January 2018 (UTC)

Quote Goodbye Quote. (Carolyne Mas) 198.41.242.5 15:13, 17 January 2018 (UTC)

"This is not a quote" 141.101.76.16 15:27, 17 January 2018 (UTC)

Ironically, Randall is quoted the next day on the SpaceX facebook group. --Thomcat (talk) 21:34, 17 January 2018 (UTC)

It would be fun to attach that first quote to a work about how Hitler's regime was atrocious, making Randall seem like an anti-semite. Sensorfire (talk) 17:00, 18 January 2018 (UTC)

Note that the next quote mark in xkcd is in 1947: Night Sky. 108.162.219.100 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)