Archaic said: the past tense, followed by a subject in the first or third person, and taking as its object the words being repeated
Origin of quothMiddle English quath from Old English cwæth, preterit of cwethan, to speak, say, akin to Gothic quithan, to say
Uttered; said. Used only in the first and third persons, with the subject following: “Quoth the Raven, 'Nevermore!'” ( Edgar Allan Poe )
Origin of quothMiddle English from Old English cwǣth third person sing. past tense of cwethan to say ; see gwet- in Indo-European roots.