About QuotesCosmos


QuotesCosmos collects, organizes and disseminates factually accurate quotations sourced from authoritative public domain sources to educate, inform and inspire. All quotes on QuotesCosmos include source and attribution information while flagging quotes which are disputed or quotes which have been misattributed so as to uphold and strengthen the principle of information integrity. QuotesCosmos targets general audiences from all backgrounds in the English language worldwide. QuotesCosmos strives toward quotation arrangement that organizes quotes into an integrated and harmonious whole so as to maximize findability and discoverability of quotes.


Principles of QuotesCosmos The development and direction of QuotesCosmos is guided by three organizing principles:

1 Factual Accuracy of Information

QuotesCosmos sources all of its quotes from reputable public domain sources. We cite all sources - an audit trail if you will - to ensure quotes may be verified and corrected as necessary. QuotesCosmos is committed to flagging misinformation, thereby reducing the spread of inaccurate and misattributed quotes. The Internet has accelerated the spread of misinformation and QuotesCosmos is committed to reducing the proliferation of mis-quotations. Incidentally, the challenge of ascertaining good, reliable information and sources has been around for millenia:

The Quoters who deserve the title, and it ought to be an honorary one, are those who trust no one but themselves. In borrowing a passage, they carefully observe its connexion; they collect authorities, to reconcile any disparity in them before they furnish the one which they adopt; they advance no fact without a witness, and they are not loose and general in their references.

Isaac D'Israeli, Curiosities of Literature (1791–1824), 'Quotation'

In the spirit to which D'Israeli speaks on the level of an individual, QuotesCosmos adopts a similar approach on a web application level. QuotesCosmos cites all its sources, flags factually inaccurate information and makes corrections where necessary. QuotesCosmos is committed to maintaining information accountability and strengthening factual accuracy on an ongoing basis into the future.


2 General Audience Orientation

As QuotesCosmos is a publicly available Internet website open to people worldwide, we aspire to keep our content appropriate for all audiences, cultural backgrounds and ages. To maintain content standards which are of a non-offensive nature to general audiences, QuotesCosmos filters out select quotes which may include sensitive material including profanity, illegal activities and overt sexual references. QuotesCosmos aspires to create a space where information empowers, enobles and inspires audiences from all backgrounds.


3 Continuous Improvement of Information

QuotesCosmos is committed to reinvention and ongoing improvement of information in terms of accessibility, discoverability, relatability and other methods of enhancing and amplifying the value potential of quotation information. QuotesCosmos is undertaking initiatives to improve quote metadata, establish semantic relationships and discover similarities and patterns between and among quotations using linguistic and computational approaches. QuotesCosmos enhances quotation metadata using data mining and natural language processing techniques. The end goal of 'engineering' quotation information and metadata is to find similarity amongst quotations so that QuotesCosmos can recommend more quotes which meet or even exceed what you may be searching for.

There is a new profession of trail blazers, those who find delight in the task of establishing useful trails through the enormous mass of the common record.

Vannevar Bush, As We May Think, (Essay on potential developments of information storage technology that first appeared in the The Atlantic Monthly (July 1945))

Through finding useful trails via relationships and patterns in the public record of quotes we hope to help you more readily find the information you need - and even surprise you with more. QuotesCosmos ultimately wants to educate and inform through the dissemination and amplification of interrelated knowledge with universal appeal.

Where is the Life we have lost in living?

Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?

Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?

T.S. Eliot, “The Rock” (1934)
Ultimately, QuotesCosmos strives to bring the information to life. To make it effective and applicable in our daily lives. Our greatest end is to facilitate the transformation of quotations into practical action in everyday life. To the that end, here's to learning, living, loving and becoming more.