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What I Wish All Writers Knew About Using Quotes

How quoting other people can hold your writing back, and what to do about it

If you actually think Warren Buffett said this, please never write with quotes. All images courtesy of the author.

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Recently, I read a passage from someone working in psychology which said, “Every time I want to make a point, my brain immediately asks, ‘Is there a widely-cited, randomized controlled test study to support that?’” If there wasn’t, they would decide not to pursue the idea any further.

I can relate, all too well. This particular anecdote had been bouncing around in my mind for the past few days, and I’ve spent time searching for it to no avail. I start searching, thinking to myself, “Maybe it was in one of the books I’d read on Kindle, or a tweet.” I spend precious time looking for it, only to come to acceptance that I’ve lost it.

This used to be a deal breaker for me. In the past, I would resign the idea the same way the author of the introductory passage would. After all, nobody wants to sound like this guy:

I’ve literally spent hours — through a span of days, weeks, or even years — often looking for “that perfect quote that this prominent person said,” or “that study that I thought described this situation.” I shake my head as I write that. Too much time searching, too little writing.

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