How is the quote from the aphorism?

The propensity to quote smart (and sometimes not) statements of different authors in recent years has become epidemic. Watch the social network – they are simply full of a variety of quotes. Many do not even know the difference between a quote from the aphorism, and in sonorous phrase sometimes see no meaning. Let’s see, what have eachother and that there’s a quote in more detail.

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What is the quote? This is an excerpt from the text. It can be any size. It is important that the legal status of the quotes for the first time in our country was enshrined in the 1964 Civil code of the RSFSR. In article 492, it was said that it is allowed to quote other authors without paying them royalties, but with obligatory indication of the name and surname. However, in this case, if the citation is justified by the purpose of your work.

Difference quotes from the aphorism that the latest legal definition is not. Most often that word to understand the original concise statement that is easily remembered and reproduced many times by other people both orally and in writing. The aphorism may not have an author or authorship is disputed by several people. Most often the length of the aphorism of three to five words.

Occasionally we use quotes, not knowing that often pronounce only half the catch phrase, while the second half changes the value of the first 180 degrees. For example, after the publication of the famous novel «12 chairs», many began to quote his famous «how much is opium for the people?». More educated made reference to Karl Marx, in works which do have the expression «opium of the people». And very very few people know that in the original Marx not only compares religion with opium (which, by the way, at that time was the main anesthetic), but also calls her «the heart of our heartless world.» Agree, the full value of a phrase is diametrically opposite its piece, made popular by literary talent of Ilf and Petrov.

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Many have heard how the announcers news quoted the source, in conclusion, definitely adding «end quote». Speakers act in accordance with the laws, which the development of the legal norms established by the Civil code of the RSFSR of 1964. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the quotations are regulated (or formerly regulated) the following legislative acts:

  • Act No. 535-1 «On copyright and contiguous rights» of 1993;
  • The civil code of the Russian Federation (part 4, article 1274);
  • changes to the civil code, as amended by the Federal law No. 35-FZ dated 12 March 2014.

Citation needed, first of all, for sending to the source and to give his speech more weight. Aphorism, unlike her older «sister» quote, more «frivolous», and its task is somewhat different. The aphorism used to give speeches brightness, imagery, expression. He does not pretend to accuracy, and authorship it is often impossible to establish. And another thing, the main difference: the quote can be any statement, even if false, clumsily laid out or too long, the aphorism as simple, brief and bright. The essence of aphorisms expresses the following aphorism: simple does not mean primitive.

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The following table summarizes the what is the difference between a quote and an aphorism.


Legal status
Clearly defined, stipulated in laws
Legal status has no

More often than not more than five words, however, the aphorisms of much greater length, however, they are found much less frequently and because of the length lose the main attraction – the expressiveness, the expression and clarity

The main application area
Media, scientific literature, legal documents; in other areas – much less
Due to brevity, clarity and good recognition are used in many fields: literature, media, everyday speech (it is hardly possible to outline at least a rough border)

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