Punctuation?

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He says, "live and let live".

He says, "live and let live."

He says: "live and let live".

He says: "live and let live."

He says "live and let live".

Are all acceptable?

Is the last least formal?

Which is most standard?

Thanks.
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I think you'll get other opinions regarding this, but here's what I think. All your examples are wrong since all the quotes begin with a lowercase l. I consider these correct:

He says, "Live and let live."

He says: "Live and let live."

CB
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Cool BreezeHe says, "Live and let live."
He says: "Live and let live."
CB
Got it! Thanks, CB.
In addition to what CB says -- with which, I agree -- I will clarify your punctuation.

LiveinjapanHe says, "live and let live". -- Comma only needed when attribution interrupts or follows the quote,, Brit. Eng. (period outside quotataion marks)
He says, "live and let live." -- Comma only needed when attribution interrupts or follows the quote, Amer. Eng. (period within quotation marks)
He says: "live and let live". -- Correct punctuation, but unecessary unless emphasising, Brit. Eng., colon makes the statement more emphatic.
He says: "live and let live." -- Correct punctuation, Amer. Eng.
He says "live and let live". -- Most clean and most correct, Brit. Eng.

I hope this helps!

Kim

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You helped me understand punctuation and quotation, thanks, Kim!
I don't support the use of colons to introduce direct speech. I suggest only a comma.
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Grammar GeekI don't support the use of colons to introduce direct speech. I suggest only a comma.
I agree that using colons is stylistically awkward.
Thank you all! I would use commas.
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