What is a quote?


“What is a quote? A quote (cognate with quota) is a cut, a section, a slice of someone else’s orange. You suck the slice, toss the rind, skate away. Part of what you enjoy in a documentary technique is the sense of banditry. To loot someone else’s life or sentences and make off with a point of view.”

— Anne Carson, “Foam (Essay with Rhapsody)” (from Decreation)

(Sources: Quotes – leopoldgursky, via othernotebooksareavailable.  Image Credit)


  1. Beautifully said- though it diminishes the impact another person’s artfully constructed sentence can change one’s life.


  2. quotes can be used for good or evil–depending on the slice we use


  3. An interesting definition, but I, too, am troubled by the sense of larceny. As someone who lives for a good quote, I prefer a sharing interpretation…. 🙂


  4. I am obsessed with quotes & this seems to be hurting my feelings. I am with Mimi.


  5. Does the larceny (I don’t buy that; a wordsmith or sage wants to quoted as much as an artist wants to be viewed) of others’ brilliancy excuse us from creating our own? I like the quote Todd shared (thanks, Todd); basically, talk is cheap. (Now who said that?)


  6. Can I quote you on that?


  7. The world is littered with orange rinds.


  8. Reblogged this on saturn1ascends.


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