Like many people I’ve always found quotations to be a source of inspiration. I have a whole folder on my computer of ones that I’ve collected over the years. I’ve published many of these when the opportunities have arisen: when I published an online marketing newsletter last year, for instance, I would always round-off each issue with a quotation.

I’ve long planned for this blog to feature quotations to inspire and entertain readers and would like you to get involved by sending in your favourites.

To get the ball rolling, we are launching a competition to find the most thought-provoking, inspiring, motivating, witty or amusing quotation from the 19th century. We will award the winner Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 Edition for the PC. This software pack includes core applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access, and Outlook with Business Contact Manager, as well as powerful latest versions of Groove, OneNote, and InfoPath. We will mail these tremendous set of tools, worth £610.99 / $1093.00 to anywhere in the world.

As well as publishing the first prize entry, we will also select four runner ups. Alongside publishing all five quotations we will feature a permanent link to any family-friendly website of each winner’s choosing.

All five winners will also be permanently added to a script which will randomly show quotations on the right-hand side of this blog in its forthcoming incarnation.

How to Enter

We are looking for quotations, mottos and proverbs from the 19th century that readers would like, quotations that are thought-provoking, inspiring, motivating or just witty or amusing. They could do with business, marketing, philosophy, religion, culture, relationships or life in general.

You may send in up to two quotations. Your contribution should include the quotation, the writer or speaker of the quotation, the year of birth and death of the author, and the author’s nationality and profession. Here’s an example from the irrepressible Wilde:

"A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing."

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Irish playwright, poet and author

Please email entries in one email to quotations [at] by 31 October, 2008.

The five winners will be selected by a panel of three Azam Marketing staff members and contacted by the 5th of November. The first prize winner will be required to send in his or her postal details and all five top entries their preferred website links by the 10th of November. Should a response not by received from any winner, we will select a replacement. All five winners will be announced and their quotations published here in mid-November.

Unlike most websites with competitions who add entrants to spam mailing lists, we will not contact you for any reason other than to let you know if you have won.

Terms and Conditions

If source of quotation is not known after having done research, state ‘Anon.’

Quotations originating from all languages are acceptable as long as an accurate English translation is provided.

Your entry just needs to include your quotation(s) and contact email address.

Limit of one entry per household.

Entrants’ quotations and websites must be family-friendly. This means they should not contain foul language or obscenities. Websites must not contain adult material, gambling or any objectionable content.

Grammar, punctuation or spelling errors will count against your entry, so proofread thoroughly.

Paste your entry into the body of the e-mail. Attachments will not be read.

Late entries and entries that do not conform to competition guidelines, will be disqualified. Azam Marketing and its staff are not responsible for any electronic transmission problems.

Azam Marketing cannot be held liable for the Microsoft Office software pack being delayed or lost in transit.

All entries will be examined by an impartial panel of judges. Winners will be judged based on the correct answers. The judges’ decision on all matters connected with this competition will be final and no correspondence will be entertained.

The judges are not in a position to answer queries related to this competition.