An interesting blog. I always worry when I quote someone in my books that I might be taking the quote out of context. However, in the example used in this blog of Reagan quoting Burke, I don’t necessarily think a quote needs to be applied to the same situation. A single quote can be appropriate in multiple situation. I do believe that the original context should be noted if the quote is being used in a different way.
‘After all, a study I once read said something like 86% of all statistics cited in speeches are made up on the spot.’*
I looked up Martin Porter. What are his principles of quotations? Who is he, and why should we listen to him?
Turns out he’s a mathematician who works in algorithms to study language, and a founder of Grapeshot. Along the way, he grew intrigued with trying to source a very famous quotation attributed to Edmund Burke (confess, you don’t really know enough about Burke to describe who he was, or why that quote might not be…
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