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Our Copyright & Usage Rules

This website and all the materials therein are copyrighted. However, thanks to the Eigen-Arnett Educational & Cultural Foundation, we have a particularly broad set of policies allowing our users to make use of the materials to create their own speeches, papers, books, websites, recordings, educational materials, books, TV shows, etc. without the burden of asking permission for most specific uses.

At the same time we want to make the policy simple to understand and use. In general, be guided by our Basic Principle of Use:
Any user may use up to 100 of the quotations of this collection in any work product, educational or commercial.
(This covers only the text and NOT the graphics)
We expect you to try to give us credit when you use the quotation in a manner that is realistic for the form of the product you are creating.
In no event may you use more than 100 quotations in a single work product without special permission. We are generally inclined to allow other usages but check with us first. What we want to avoid is someone taking a large part of the quotation collection and competing with our website or selling what we are providing for free. Click Here To Request Permission.

Credits and Citations

For oral speeches, lectures, classroom discussion the credit and citation requirement is waived. If you want to share with your audience our URL: , we would always appreciate the plug but that is at the speaker\'s discretion. If the speech or lecture is printed, treat as written material next.
In written material, you may use as much of our citation in the quote as you want, but you must follow it with:
Eigen Quote #xxxxx, Eigen's Political & Historical Quotations,, date.
The date is optional. Some editorial standards require it; others do not. Some references are given as footnotes or endnotes. Others are in the text in parentheses. Still others cite (Lewis D. Eigen, 2010) and that reference is to a bibliography in which the full citation and URL can be given.
Many authors just use the above reference to the Eigen collection.

Here are some examples of citations:
Eigen Quote #34553, Eigen\'s Political & Historical Quotations,, August 2, 2010
Thomas Jefferson, Letter to James Madison, June 5, 1801, Eigen Quote #44332, Eigen\'s Political & Historical Quotations,, August 5, 2010
Speech, New York City, 1912, Eigen Quote #12177, Eigen\'s Political & Historical Quotations,, August 19, 2010
For written columns in newspapers and magazines, use your customary and usual form of citation which might be none if that is the usual practice. In electronic blogs and websites, the credit is always expected.
For films, videos and audio products, including news broadcasts, a single credit at the end, in the same form that the other credits are in will suffice. Just cite:
Eigen\'s Political & Historical Quotations,
In some written materials citations are described in the text and not as footnotes or endnotes. Example:
According to Eigen's Political and Historical Quotations ( George Washington told his troops …..

Credits for Other Materials

  • For PowerPoint Presentations, use a footnote on the slide or a credit at the end of the presentation.
  • For tests and examinations, our credit requirements are waived. The students have enough to contend with.
  • For other uses, please Click Here To Contact Us.

Pictures & Credits

We cannot be as generous with the graphics in our collection as with the quotations themselves. Many of the graphics are on the public domain. However, for most of them, we do not control the rights. Our permissions are limited to this single use on our website and/or we have used the picture under the "Fair Use" doctrine of the Copyright Law. Fair Use is complicated and only you, often with the advice of an attorney, can decide if your use qualifies. At the end of this section we offer some web references for Fair Use.

Some uses are clearly Fair Use. A student who is doing a term paper or other assignment for school and uses a few graphics in this collection is almost certainly within the Fair Use Doctrine. Likewise if an educator makes a PowerPoint presentation for class using quotes and pictures. A few quotes can probably be used on your website with the graphics and still be within fair use. However, if you published and sold a calendar with blown up pictures from this collection, it would likely not be Fair Use. If you wrote a book on American Presidents and used the pictures all from this collection, you are on or over the border line of Fair Use. If you published a web site of graphics of political figures and used these pictures, that would almost certainly not be "Fair Use." We are not experts at law however. Our expertise is with quotations, political and historical. So you must consult an attorney familar with Intellectual Property Law to get a reliable opinion.
Here are some Fair Use references: