Okay, so today I will successfully post earlier than 11:00 p.m. (mostly because it’s a necessity since I work until 10 or 11 tonight so there will be no time, or energy, to write after work). That being said, I am currently sitting here at my computer thinking the only thing I really want to be doing is napping. Not writing. Napping is easy and nice. Writing is hard (current opinion anyways), and today coming up with an idea for a post is the hardest part. I have a few post ideas for the month written down that I could choose from, but many of them require a bit more thinking and a bit more time than I have this afternoon (who knew when I decided to undertake this challenge that I would be so busy with other things, le sigh). Anyways, I settled on a post I’ve been meaning to write for awhile now.
Many of you will have started to notice that I often include a quote at the end of a post. Sometimes it’s a quote from the book I’m talking about and sometimes it’s a quote that relates really closely to the topic of the blog, and sometimes it’s a post that only relates tangentially. Whatever the quote, it will soon become clear that I really like quotes. Ever since high school (and possibly earlier) I have had notebooks dedicated to quotes that I either read or hear. I have movie quotes, book quotes, television quotes, quotes from famous people. I’m not really picky where the quote comes from, if I like it I record it. The internet has made it both easier to find quotes and harder. It’s easier because there are entire sites dedicated to quotes (Goodreads has an amazing database of quotes for instance) and to people who love quotes. It is harder because it can be very difficult to identify who the quote should be attributed to. The number of quotes I run across on the internet that are either attributed to the wrong person or are incorrectly quoted is crazy.
I mean, quotes from books aren’t always attributed to the correct person either but in general, once a quote has made it’s way into a published work it’s been fact checked a number of times. At the very least, if I read it in a book there is a readily identifiable source to fall back on. Unfortunately the same cannot be said about quotes on the internet. And yet, I use them anyways.
The historian in me wishes there was a foolproof way to verify the quotes I find on the internet. Unfortunately, this is just not the case. So, I suppose that I am writing this post to just tell you that I try. If you ever see a quote on one of my posts that you know has been mis-attributed, please let me know. I want to make sure that people get the credit for what they say. Also, if you ever come across a quote that you think relates to something I’ve written, I would love if you would share that. One of my favourite things is finding a quote that sums up what I’m thinking in a way that I would never have thought to say it. Eloquence is beautiful. I also like that moment when you read a quote and thinking “Hey, I feel that way too!”
Maybe one day I’ll post a list of some of my all-time favourite quotes (I’d have to impose a number limit or that kind of post could get long fast).
“Language is the mother, not the handmaiden, of thought; words will tell you things you never thought or felt before.” — W.H. Auden
(Crossposted to BlogHer)
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