Everybody loves quotations, but most people are content to attribute them to the first famous quote-provider that comes to hand (Twain, Wilde, Churchill, the usual suspects). A few intrepid souls undertake the hard work of tracking down who actually said it first; the most prominent in my mind is Fred R. Shapiro, who created the great Yale Book of Quotations, a long-needed replacement for the worthy but unreliable Bartlett’s. But a book either has the quote you want or it doesn’t, and if it doesn’t you’re thrown on your own resources; now (since last April) there is a new resource, the Quote Investigator (“Dedicated to the Investigation and Tracing of Quotations”). The first post said “This blog tries to track down correct information about the provenance of sayings by utilizing the massive text databases that are being constructed right now along with other quotation history resources,” and the About page tells you a bit about Dr. O’Toole, who created it. He has the dogged attention to detail and accuracy necessary for the work, and I’m glad he’s taken it on. Send him your dubious quotes!