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The problem when searching for quotes is they _need_ to have their "common" words included to be able to refine the search properly. This is normally done with the quotation marks (strangely enough ;)) These quotes may only be seven or eight words long, but all the words count in the tally. Trying to find a page with a quote in a certain context by adding words outside the quote is suddenly limited to two or three. Not always enough.
The processing power to refine the results would be very small after they have already reduced the number of pages with the first 10. Even an increase to 12 or 15 would offer a significant usability improvement IMO.
Do other people find the ten word limit a problem when searching Google for quotes (or other searches)?
Is there a technique you use for longer quotes that I'm missing (another SE?, searching within results?)?
I don't know if this is due to people's innate stupidity and laziness, or to translation issues, or to the source having written/said essentially the same thing several times over the course of a career, or to me misremembering the quotation I am looking for, or what. Probably combinations of all of the above.
Thus I would usually start out with an exact-phrase search but frequently have to scale that back to various combinations of phrases and keywords.
The hardest part is often determining where quotations are taken from, and which of several versions can be considered authoritative.
Jomaxx yep I find that too, but I see the 10 word limit as restrictive when refining the quote rather than expanding it usually. The 10 word limit feels like more when you don't have to include the common words.
Marcia, I tend to look up current day issues where I have a direct quote rather than for the older ones though. The limit is just as valid for the historical quotes as well though.