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What does “live to a higher note” mean?

Live honestly to a higher note. Life is too short. So, do the best you can and live your life to a higher note.
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Clarifying a quote

I would like to quote a shortened version of the following piece of text. Explicit minimal times have been given for 2D systems (and lower bounds are given in [7] for the heat equation). ...
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Should I put commas and periods before the ending quotation mark?

I know that it is advisable to put commas, periods, exclamation marks, and question marks before the ending quotation mark when dealing with direct speech, or quoting whole sentences. But what if I ...
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If I make a non-verbatim quotation (as news outlets often do in their titles), what punctuation should I use?

Federal judge Beryl A. Howell: No vote on initiating an inquiry is required. In the cases of all three presidents who faced such an action — Andrew Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Bill Clinton — the ...
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When to use a comma vs. a period before a quotation

I'm unclear on exactly when to use a comma or a period before a quotation. It's obvious if what comes before is a simple dialogue tag like "He said," but consider the following examples: Mike was ...
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What does this quote mean “Call no chain strong, Which holds one rusted link.”

What does the quote mean from the poem Protest by Ella Wheeler Wilcox mean? "Call no chain strong, Which holds one rusted link."? Here is the section: Therefore I do protest against the boast ...
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Meaning of “There is no god and we are his prophets.”

What does this mean? There is no god and we are his prophets. This quote is spoken by Ely from the novel The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I don't understand how this works.
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What does this quote mean? “The most powerful thing that can be done is to name something.”

What does this quote mean? "The most powerful thing that can be done is to name something."
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quoting a sentence in Present Simple: can I change the tense?

If I quote a sentence in Present Simple (not just paraphrase), should I replace present forms with past forms or leave them as they are? In other words, what are rules or conventions regarding ...
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Meaning of these two quotes

Following are the two quotes which I received from Hike daily services. "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far." - Theodore Roosevelt "Each time I free a child, I feel it is ...
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What does this quote mean from Jane Eyre? “She regretted to be under the necessity of…”

Jane Eyre is a famous novel about a girl dealing with stuff like her aunt (Mrs. Reed) not liking her. Eliza, John, and Georgiana were now clustered round their mama in the drawing-room: she lay ...
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Meaning of quote [closed]

What does mean the first sentence in bold and the second quote? “You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.” (Maya Angelou) “Do the best you can until you know better. Then ...
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What if a quote contains an error

What should a writer do if s/he wants to use a quote, but the quoted sentence seems to contain a grammatical error? Should the writer correct the error when including the quote?
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Remember that guy that gave up? Neither does anybody else

"Remember that guy that gave up? Neither does anybody else...". What does this quote mean? I think it has the meaning like this: "Nobody remembers the guy who gave up". Is it accurate?
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Meaning of the phrase “Beating on your craft”!

I was translating a document in another language, then I saw this famous quotation from Will Smith that is provided here. The separation of talent and skill is one of the greatest misunderstood ...
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Get through vs finish

Today my doubt is about the word “get through”. Basically the meaning is like “finish” something right? Well in this quote “when you get through the homework, I’ll give you more” can I use the word “...
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What does the quote 'Those things that hurt, instruct' mean?

"Those things that hurt, instruct" is a famous Benjamin Franklin quote. I googled its meaning and many forums say that it means that challenges make you stronger. But I cannot find how the words in ...
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Do we use comma in this situation or not?

Do we use comma in this situation or not? I have a sentence in mind and I was wondering if someone could give me a feedback on it. He yelled "blasphemy!" as the man showed him the Bible on top of ...
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“A language isn't something you learn so much as something you join.”

I read such a quote from Chapter 1: Building Abstractions with Functions "A language isn't something you learn so much as something you join." ~Arika Okrent Honestly , I have little idea what ...
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Do we put an interrogation mark inside a quote?

Do we put an interrogation mark inside a quote? I've heard you shouldn't put a dot, but I feel like you should put an interrogation mark inside a quote, because otherwise you wouldn't know if it's a ...
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What does `almost any how` mean?

Here is the quote from Friedrich Nietzsche: He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how. I don't quite understand it, especially this phrase almost any how. Can somebody please shed light ...
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Meaning of this quote from the book The Great Gatsby?

Here's a famous quote from the book that says: So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. Could someone please explain it in easy words? Here's the full ...
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What's the best way to remove a single word from a quote?

I wish to quote from a source, however, the original quote contains an extra the that does not flow with my sentence. Which is better, describing what the article refers to, or removing it with an ...
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Is “sing” a noun or a verb in this quote by Samuel Beckett?

"When you are up to your neck in shit, all you can do is sing." Samuel Beckett I just checked some credible online dictionaries like Longman, Macmillan and American Heritage and they all had "sing" ...
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Are punctuations within quotes ok?

I wrote the following as an example: There are Christian men who pretend to be virtuous while at the same time committing sins like adultery like it was nothing. I say "Blasphemy!" However ...
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Meaning of Alexander Pope quotation

I cannot understand the meaning of this quote from Thoughts on Various Subjects (1727) by Alexander Pope, and it is not explained anywhere else on the Internet. Some people will never learn ...
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How to punctuate a complex sentence with two quotes?

Supposing, there is a sentence: For example, if parents ask their son or daughter: “There are 10 ballerinas at the theater but all of female dancers have gone on the tour. How many ballerinas ...
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“nothing ‘family values’” or “no ‘family values’”?

I have encountered the construction nothing something in Crash Course US history. Also, he once acted with a monkey and there is nothing “family values” about that. Should no have been used there ...
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Question about Harvey's quote

"Nothing that happens on the surface of the sea can alter the calm of its depths" Whenever I see this quote,I always enter into an ambiguity, I tend to interpret that quote with two different ...
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What is the meaning of given quote - When hungry, eat your rice; when tired, close your eyes [closed]

I wonder what is the meaning of this quote, It seems nothing is there. Or I am not understading. Thank you When hungry, eat your rice; when tired, close your eyes. Fools may laugh at me, but wise ...
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Should the name of policies use hyphens or quotes?

I typed "no-eating policy" on Google Books. The results use hypens and quotes. Does this mean that both usages are correct? Is one more common than the other? Example sentence: You, as a doctor, ...
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Who are Burke and Hare?

I’m reading Kipling’s Kim, where it mentions Still more important than Wordsworth , or the eminent authors, Burke and Hare, was the art and science of mensurations. I wonder, who are the Burke ...
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Why do we put the punctuation within the quotations? [duplicate]

So, I have a weird question: In dialogue, why do we put the end punctuation within the quotations? Example: "I like burgers," he said. This doesn't seem logical to me, and I have been guilty of ...
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“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts…”

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.” [...
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Should I always use a comma before a quote?

When quoting something said by someone else, should I use a comma before the quote? Suppose I quote the definition given in a dictionary. Am I correctly using the the punctuation marks in the ...
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Is “you will hurt” correct?

Is it correct to say 'you will hurt' or 'you will get hurt'? I read this quote on the net: “It’s not a question of whether you will hurt, or of how much you will hurt; it’s a question of what ...
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What does the line, “In the halls of justice, the only justice is in the halls” mean?

This is a famous Lenny Bruce quote but I am unable to understand it. What does it mean? The only justice is in the halls, i.e. outside the courtroom. There is no justice inside the courtroom; it'...
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MLA requirements for quoting a phrase with exclamation marks

I'm helping a student with a sentence that needs to quote the following two phrases said by a character: Man the boundaries! Protect us! The sentence we are trying to write is: "Man the ...
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“The happiest people are those who are too busy to notice whether they are or not.” - What? Happy or Busy?

http://www.forbes.com/forbes/welcome/ “The happiest people are those who are too busy to notice whether they are or not.” William Feather I didn't get what are they too busy to notice out of the ...
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Plural/Singular Subject/Object Agreement [duplicate]

Donald Trump's (in)famous quote "Grab 'em by the pussy". As an English learner, I'm confused, why not "pussies". "Them" is plural, so their pussies should be plural too.
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Quote of Seneca

“Behold a worthy sight, to which God, turning his attention to his own work, may direct his gaze. Behold an equal thing, worthy of a God, a brave man matched in conflict with evil fortune” ...
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Meaning of this sentence?

"The man who does not shrink from self-crucifixion can never fail to accomplish the task upon which his heart is set." context:quote "Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are ...
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Quotation and comma help

I haven't been able to find a straight answer if I am properly writing this sentence: “What’re you staring at, huh? Got something you wanna say?”, piques the guard. Soooo, I was taught to use a ...
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Apostrophe Usage Around Words?

"The Canadian smiled at his opponent as they went to their corners. It was not a smile that said, ‘I got this now.’" In ‘I got this now.’, what seems a grammatical reason for this (apostrophes)? Why, ...
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What do these lines mean as a whole? [closed]

I want to know the meaning of these lines as a whole Don't worry, even if everything dies around you and it looks like the odds are stacked against you, I will always be with you And are the ...
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Which one is correct and perfect! [closed]

Which quote might be perfect one, or any suggestions There's no game in which I haven't won without losing. There's no game in which I haven't won without losing it. There's no game which I haven't ...
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Splitting a quotation

Science magazine Guy Rouleau, the director of McGill University’s Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI) and Hospital in Canada, is frustrated with how slowly neuroscience research translates ...
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What does “Never do yesterday what should be done tomorrow” mean?

I heard a quote Never Do Yesterday What Should Be Done Tomorrow. I assume that this means Whatever you do, there will be tomorrow, so don't do it. Am I right?
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British Punctuation versus American Punctuation

I've learned that American English use double quotation marks and place periods inside quotation marks while British English use single quotation marks and place periods outside quotation marks. ...
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What does this Quote by G. H. Hardy mean?

Can anyone please explain this Quote precisely because I am only a novice in the field of English. If you could please explain in terms of Mathematics. The Quote is : In these days of conflict ...