When to quote, who to quote, how to quote
I was reading a post recently and a gentleman used a quote from a historical figure in recent US history. The qoute was accurate and sounded like it fit in with the view of the poster. Problem was the qoute was part of a larger speech that the poster most likely would not have agreed with.
The point is that if someone quotes a "historical" or well known person then should that quote be reflective of the man instead of a snippet of a speach that had a cool qoute that supports a single argument?
Take this quote for example:
Sounds like an intrigueing quote. Something that Patton or Sun Tzu would say. And if their name was at the end of the qoute more people would use it. But this qoute was atrributed to Hitler and the rest of it is not something folks woould agree with.
The art of leadership... consists in consolidating the attention of the people against a single adversary and taking care that nothing will split up that attention.
Guess what I am saying is if you quote someone it should be in context of the man and his views and at least the speach or document it came from. If not it is like listening to a politician qoute a rival politician....you get a snippet of a speach which is taken out of context and does not accurately reflect the views of the politician.
Why did I post this? Because when I saw the quote I realized it was not in context and was going to reply to it. But since I am trying to be on my best behaviour I did not want to start a debate on the subject and hijack the thread which would have been wrong.
BTW: I do not mean quotes folks use for sig lines...those are personal statements and are used to convey their personality and views to others.