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New York Times Sunday Magazine'Well stolen is half written,'' noted the composer Arnold Schoenberg. In quoting this, Daniel Boorstin, the emeritus librarian of Congress, writes: ''Most of us . . . cannot afford a spokesman. But we can all afford a quotation, which gives us many of the same advantages. Then we too can deny that we said it, or if we prefer we can claim credit for choosing so graceful a way of saying it.''
Ah, but what about famous misquotations -- sayings we all accept as part of our language but were never said by the person quoted? A nice bunch of those are collected, as a kind of oddity, in the Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations, coming next month.