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The random quote of the day

Posted on 2007.01.06 at 12:27
Yes, they really do come out of my quote file at random.

I only post them on the days I am in the office, therefore their appearance is also sometimes random.

I get them from a wide variety of sources, including things I've read, the Interdweeb, friends, siglines...

Reuse them as you please, since they don't belong to me in the first place.

I try not to post a quote without a source, but sometimes that's not possible. If anyone knows the source of unsourced quote, I'd love to hear from you.

Disclaimer for the Quote of the Day:

These quotes do not necessarily reflect the views of the poster, The Universe or its subsidiaries, Leonard Maltin, Siegfried and Roy, or the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. However, they frequently reflect the views of the Cottingsley Fairies.

The Rant: In Which Moral Indignation is Expressed Over the Sloppiness of Quotation Websites.

I hate unsourced quotes, hates 'em! It doesn't mean I don't use them sometimes—but I try to the best of my ability to find sources for all of them. I realize this is one of a growing number of things in which I am in a minority of caring about, but a portion of my job over the years has involved tracking down attributions. So I take it seriously.

Besides, there are a plethora of quote websites out there which seem to do nothing but quote each others' quotes or rearrange the words of each others' quotes or edit the real quotes because they aren't "pithy" enough for modern taste or "sound bite worthy" enough. None of these sites have sources. And a quote without a source is tantamount to a used car salesman saying, "This little honey runs like a dream. Trust me."

This is especially true if the quote is attributed to one of the famous quote machines, like Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, Voltaire, Dorothy Parker. You can stick their names on any piece of wit or half-wit and people will say, "Oh, okay. Funny chick, that Dorothy." You can also go on to justify any piece of social, political, or moral dimwittery by sticking a great name behind it. "Well, Mark Twain thinks it's so therefore it must be so."

It's balderdash, I say! Humbug! The Decline of Western Civilization, dogs and cats living together without benefit of matrimony, children being heard as well as seen! Have you no shame, Senator?

Yes, I know. Who cares?

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