Let these funny Thesis Quotes from my large collection of funny quotes about life add a little humor to your day.
My J-school science writing prof believed that the fewer quotes in a story, the better, and zero was ideal. My editor at Time, who trained under this prof, felt the same way. It made me want to put my head in a vise. Sure, the excesses Dan describes are..excessive. But in anything other than a blog or an opinion piece, reducing the quotes to zero removes a vital source of color (as others have noted).
I agree with most of the above that quotes should be used when they impart something that the writer couldn’t herself. But it also depends on the type of publication. When I write for Medscape Today I rarely use quotes — most from experts or papers are too clunky. In blogs, sometimes. But in my narrative non-fiction book, the quotes, the dialog, are what propel the story. Actually, the fun part was gathering the quotes (by interviews, lectures, and following people around) and seeing how the story emerged from them.
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The quote accomplishes things that I, myself, couldn’t have done. Or didn’t want to. I don’t want to be the only character in my stories. I’m not the authority; my sources are, and I think their voices belong in the story.The above MWE provides the environment that takes one argument - the author of the quote. It indents the quote by 2em (default), but that can also be changed via an optional argument: