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Old 02-25-2002, 05:05 AM   #1
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Why do people quote things?

Why do we use quotes from books / tv shows / famous people / etc... when we can explain whatever we want to say using simple and formal english? Wouldnt formulating your thoughts on your own be by far more precise rather than relying on something that someone said before you that applied to a similar situation?

Is it for the aestetic value? For instance if you cite a well known author (for instance Oscar Wilde) it would be by far more eye pleasing than plain english explanation?

Is it for the ambiguity of the citation? You might not want to be entirely clear about what you want to say and therefore you try to somehow mask your thought so it would be less blunt and direct?

Is it for the context? If the quote is from a well known source then by only referencing this source people will be able to recall the entire context of the quote. Thereby you might say much using very few words.

Is it for some sort of recognition? I can see how a sense of solidarity might awake in people who recognize the quote and find something common with you.

For instance why would you use a Simpsons quote rather than plainly saying whatever you want to say?

(All the smart asses who are going to reply to this question with quotes - you can suck my spilt bleach )
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Old 02-25-2002, 08:12 AM   #2
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Why do we use quotes from books / tv shows / famous people / etc... when we can explain whatever we want to say using simple and formal english? Wouldnt formulating your thoughts on your own be by far more precise rather than relying on something that someone said before you that applied to a similar situation?

Is it for the aestetic value? For instance if you cite a well known author (for instance Oscar Wilde) it would be by far more eye pleasing than plain english explanation?

Is it for the ambiguity of the citation? You might not want to be entirely clear about what you want to say and therefore you try to somehow mask your thought so it would be less blunt and direct?

Is it for the context? If the quote is from a well known source then by only referencing this source people will be able to recall the entire context of the quote. Thereby you might say much using very few words.

Is it for some sort of recognition? I can see how a sense of solidarity might awake in people who recognize the quote and find something common with you.

For instance why would you use a Simpsons quote rather than plainly saying whatever you want to say?

(All the smart asses who are going to reply to this question with quotes - you can suck my spilt bleach )
Good question, I'm not sure why.......
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Old 02-25-2002, 08:13 AM   #3
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Re: Why do people quote things?

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Why do we use quotes from books / tv shows / famous people / etc... when we can explain whatever we want to say using simple and formal english? Wouldnt formulating your thoughts on your own be by far more precise rather than relying on something that someone said before you that applied to a similar situation?

Is it for the aestetic value? For instance if you cite a well known author (for instance Oscar Wilde) it would be by far more eye pleasing than plain english explanation?

Is it for the ambiguity of the citation? You might not want to be entirely clear about what you want to say and therefore you try to somehow mask your thought so it would be less blunt and direct?

Is it for the context? If the quote is from a well known source then by only referencing this source people will be able to recall the entire context of the quote. Thereby you might say much using very few words.

Is it for some sort of recognition? I can see how a sense of solidarity might awake in people who recognize the quote and find something common with you.

For instance why would you use a Simpsons quote rather than plainly saying whatever you want to say?

(All the smart asses who are going to reply to this question with quotes - you can suck my spilt bleach )


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Old 02-25-2002, 09:14 AM   #5
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Isn't a quote simply a thought that someone else had and encapsulated in words? If so I believe that some people are amazing thinkers and quoting someone is a way of conveying an idea or sentiment while at the same time paying homage to it's creator.
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Good question, I'm not sure why.......

I don't know the answer either. You said it perfectly Keith so I'm going to quote you.

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Old 02-25-2002, 09:29 AM   #7
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Re: Why do people quote things?

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So what.. you'll release the hounds, or the bees? Or the hounds with bees in their mouth and when they bark they shoot bees at you?

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shall we look at this objectively...or subjectively? emotionally or logically? frying pan styles or burning sand styles?
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Good question, I'm not sure why.......
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Old 02-25-2002, 12:05 PM   #12
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Isn't a quote simply a thought that someone else had and encapsulated in words? If so I believe that some people are amazing thinkers and quoting someone is a way of conveying an idea or sentiment while at the same time paying homage to it's creator.
good point.

words and the construction of them is fun. same with a good dose of irreverance...

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Old 02-25-2002, 12:54 PM   #13
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For instance why would you use a Simpsons quote rather than plainly saying whatever you want to say
Because we need constant evidence to support the theory that every question and situation in life can be answered with a Simpson's quote.
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Old 02-25-2002, 06:47 PM   #14
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Everyone feels good when thinking about the simpsons.

The simpsons writers are too damn funny, that we try to milk their jokes to try to make us seem funny.

Plus with the simpsons being around for such a long time, there is a quote for virtually any situation.

Nothing wrong with quotes.


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"pop culture" ... i'd say more but ferris bueller is on ... "bueller, bueller "

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Old 02-25-2002, 08:28 PM   #17
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Well people quote things for many reasons.... to quote air-bag who said it best " Why do people quote things?"

That's exactly why they do. To place claim where it belongs, with the creator.

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