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The Internet is the perfect place to research some of the greatest quotes from the world’s most insightful people, but often searching for a quote feels like finding a needle in the haystack. What if you could find great quotations without having to click through a bunch of links in search results like an animal? Well, now you can as Google has quietly rolled out handy Quotes cards that inject your search results with—you guessed right—quotes.

In this post, I’m going to teach you how to retrieve quotations on your Mac, iPhone, iPod touch or iPad without visiting any Google Search results.

Before we get to it, Google extracts these quotes from online sources, various web pages, blog posts and so forth and conveniently presents them in their distilled form through the new Quotes cards.

Caveat: For the time being, these cards—like many other content cards available in the Google Search interface—are available in the United States and a few select markets so your country may be excluded.

If so, use the United States edition of Google by logging with your Google Account into google.com to change and save your language settings in Google Search Preferences.

This nifty little time-saving tool should be great for both research and fun.

How to find quotations on desktop without visiting search results

Step 1: Open Safari, Google Chrome or another desktop browser of your choice on your Mac.

Step 2: Type into the browser’s URL field your search query in the form “PERSON quote” and replace “PERSON” with a desired individual whose quotes you want to pull. For example, to retrieve Steve Jobs quotes you’d use the search query “Steve Jobs quotes.”

Step 3: Hit Enter.

In your search results page, Google will highlight best quotes by the individual inside the Quotes card embedded at the top, like so.

Google Search Quotes card on desktop

Tip: Click on the down arrow to expand the Quotes card and see a longer list of quotes.

How to find quotations on mobile without visiting search results

Step 1: Fire up Safari, Google Chrome or any other third-party browser available in the App Store on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

Step 2: Type into the browser’s URL field your search query in the form “PERSON quote” and replace “PERSON” with a desired individual whose quotes you want to pull.

Step 3: Hit Enter.

In your search results page, Google will highlight best quotes by the individual inside the Quotes card embedded at the top, like so.

Google Search Quotes card on mobile

Tip: These Quotes cards are also accessible in Google’s native mobile application for the iPhone and iPad, which can be downloaded at no charge in the App Store.

Google Search Quotes card in native iOS app

As seen above, you just use the same query format as described above and the app injects quotations into the Quote card that you can swipe left and right.

Tip: For even faster results, use voice search in the mobile Google app by tapping the microphone icon.

Example searches

As mentioned above, you can easily use this method to search for some of the world’s best known inventors, poets, musicians, inventors, actors and so forth.

I’m particularly liking this one:

“Computers are incredibly fast, accurate and stupid. Human beings are incredibly slow, inaccurate and brilliant. Together they are powerful beyond imagination.” — Albert Einstein

Here are a dozen searches to get you up to speed:

Not all quotes available online are presented through Google’s Quotes cards and the company does not detail the criteria used to build up its database of quotes.

That the Quotes cards don’t link to sources isn’t helping either.

Unfortunately, Apple’s Siri in iOS 8 produces a bunch of weblinks when asked for quotes from random individuals.

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  • Jonathan

    Nice thing for writing essays. 😛

  • Nesly Lacroix

    Is there a tweak that binds Siri to Google Search? So that you get Google Cards with Siri?