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50 Common Proverbs in English
A list of popular English proverbs, with explanations of their meanings and examples of usage.
Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations
This tenth edition of 1919 contains over 11,000 searchable quotations and was the first new edition of John Bartlett’s corpus to be published after his death in 1905.
Famous Quotes and Authors
Browse over 25,000 quotes online from over 6,700 famous authors.
GoodReads: Popular Quotes
Goodreads various quotations categories include hundreds of thousands of quotations which you can search or browse by category.
Idiom Attic
Welcome to The Idiom Attic – a collection of hundreds of English idioms, each one explained.
If you love literature or quotes this is the place for you! This literary reference site features quotations from the great works of literature.
Mathematical Quotation Server
A collection of mathematical quotations culled from many sources which can be searched, browsed, or downloaded.
Misquotes: Searching for Authenticity Online
Misquotes often spread virally through social media, highlighting the lack of skepticism by Web users when sharing poorly cited quotes. Students should learn to treat quotes with suspicion, and how to verify questionable quotes prior to use. (2011)
Phrase Finder
2,000 English idioms, phrases and proverbs that we use everyday, with their meanings and origins explained. Includes sections for proverbs, American idioms, phrases coined by Shakespeare, and other categories.
Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages
The 20,500 selections in this classic reference work comprise an encyclopedic scope of English proverbs as well as translations from every major language. (Originally published 1887)
Quotations Page
Welcome to the web’s most comprehensive site for famous quotes, since 1994. We have over 28,000 quotations online from over 3,400 authors, and more are added daily.
The Quote Garden
The Quote Garden is a personal collection of favorite quotes and sayings—inspirational,
funny, thought-provoking, motivational, famous, and literary.
Includes thousands of quotations in hundreds of categories.
Browse or search for quotes from famous people.
Respectfully Quoted
The 2,100 entries in this eminently researched collection form the constellation of collected wisdom in American political debate. (Published 1989) Quotations
Get inspired with this collection of popular sayings and find the perfect way to capture any holiday, occasion, or milestone.
Wikiquote is a free online compendium of sourced quotations from notable people and creative works in every language, translations of non-English quotes, and links to Wikipedia for further information. As with all wikis, be wary of putting too much faith in its accuracy.
Wise Old Sayings
Collection of sayings organized by both topic and author.

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Encyclopedia, dictionary, thesaurus, quotations, English usage, religion and mythology, literature and literary history, anatomy, cooking, etiquette, parlimentary procedure.
Digital Public Library of America
The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science.
Good Calculators
A collection of really good online calculators for use in every day domestic and commercial use!
Atlases, dictionary, encyclopedia, multiple almanacs, news, weather, and a homework center are among the offerings at this site.
Internet Archive
The Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Definitions range from one screen to several screens long. A work in progress but still somewhat useful.
Library of Congress
The American Memory (archive) Collection, THOMAS guide to legislation, Global Gateway to world culture and resources, and various Special Exhibitions are among the offerings at this site. The Library of Congress also has a YouTube page with further materials.
Martindale’s Reference Desk
Tons of reference resources in all sorts of areas from Astronomy to Entertainment to Languages to general Science.
New York Public Library: Digital Collections
Explore … items digitized from The New York Public Library’s collections. This site is a living database with new materials added every day, featuring prints, photographs, maps, manuscripts, streaming video, and more.
New York State Library – Internet Bibliographies
The Library’s reference librarians have assembled a collection of World Wide Web sites that they find useful in answering questions. Offers subject-organized, annotated links to webpages on a variety of topics.
NY Times Learning Network
The New York Times Learning Network is a free service for students in grades 3-12, their teachers and parents. The site is updated Monday through Friday throughout the year.
NOVEL – New York Online Virtual Electronic Library
A wide variety of resources – books, magazines, newspapers, research and reference sources and more are available to New York State residents with NO FEES 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (Check with your librarian for password or log in with a NY State Driver’s License or Non-Driver ID.) 
Winner of multiple awards as a top reference site, RefDesk contains tons of information in dozens of categories arranged for easy access.
University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
The University of Wisconsin Digital Collections provide quality digital resources from its academic libraries to UW faculty, staff and students, citizens of the state and scholars at large. Tons of great resources!
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