“Emerson didn’t hate quotation, not really. What he hated was our impulse to shortcut actual thought. The Internet didn’t create that impulse, but it has made it far more tempting and easier to satisfy.”
Quotes evade self-thought by stirring the pot with someone else’s words.
It’s easy to get caught up in quotes, the same way we get addicted to sharing link bait. Never be afraid to quote yourself.
Ironically this was my high school yearbook quote from years ago:
“I HATE quotation. Tell me what you know.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson