English: Plagiarism, Clichés

Is a Cliché phrase considered Plagiarism? (the author is dead more than 390 years ago.)

Is it okay to use it in a writing piece or poem?

Should/will it be penalized or will you be given punishment if only used in 8th grade?


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  1. If you use something someone else has said, then you must put it in quotation marks.

    For instance, a cliche is "a stitch in time saves nine". I have no idea who the person was who said that first, but it is commonly used. You may use it in a poem or piece of writing in quotes.

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  2. "to be, or not to be, that is the question,"
    was used in a poem

    is that okay?

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  3. Yes, that is not a cliche, but so long as you use quotes around it, you are fine.

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  4. That particular quotation is from Shakespeare's Hamlet.

    Act 3, scene 1, lines 58+

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