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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
Cool BreezeHe says, "Live and let live."
He says: "Live and let live."
CB
Got it! Thanks, CB.
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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

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.
Kim, the period stays in the quotes if it is part of the quote and the period goes on the outside of the quotes if it is the end of the sentence that holds the quote - American or not.
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