How can i assign an select statement into a variable?

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Old 09-09-2009
How can i assign an select statement into a variable?

I am trying to assign an select statement into a variable. Can someone hel me with this.

example :
a='select * from dual'
echo $a should give me select * from dual

But this is not working. I trying with \ before * and quotes too.
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Old 09-09-2009
Quote the variable:

a='select * from dual'
echo "$a"

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