Whenever I find myself writing about material I find to be dry, one of the techniques I try to use is working in a quote. It’s also something fun to do when I’m stuck in a conversation that won’t end. I generally pick the quote in that situation and then try to steer the conversation toward a spot where I can spring it. It’s like a game where I’d win if I could move my self-absorbed conversation partner far enough to spring the quote. But the most use I see out of quotes would have to be when using social media. I find that they’re particularly useful when sharing any interesting items I run across. I’ve noticed that people who follow me tend to engage in posts with something clever attached. Using a quote saves me the trouble of coming up with that something.
“I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble.”
— Caesar Augustus