When You Only Cite, What You Are Saying Comes Across As Trite - Grasshopper
I love a good quote and, like you, I have my favorites. Where a red flag goes up is when I experience someone who is forever telling me what someone else said. They may as well say, “My creativity is dead.”
someone in your term paper or to punctuate a story you are telling is the spice
that underscores the point. When your only point continually comes from someone
else, it’s no longer your point; it’s theirs.
easily host a TV Show called “Shilling for Quotes.” You would have the polished
facade of a game show host with the pearly smile and have nothing to say other
than what you’re reading off a card.
experience with someone who serially cites is that they are feeling hollow
inside. There is no substance that they are drawing on, so they draw with
someone else’s pencil.
hollow surface is a treasure trove of unfiltered substance. It’s from there
that authenticity springs.
rather experience someone’s depth than his or her depth of knowledge. I can’t
Google their depth; I can only get it from them.
If you have
nothing to say, say nothing. If you “think” you have nothing to offer, explore
your depth and you’ll come up with something that’s originally you, not a
collection of what everyone else has said that you put in a stew.
is further down than your pat answers. You have to dig past responses and
rejoinders that you’ve offered a thousand times.
When you are
offered a stimulus, wait for a response, one that’s deeper than the hollow ones
you’ve been echoing. It’s then and there that you will discover you and find
your own quote worth re-quoting.
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