Someone has rightly said: Some rationales transcend rational explanations. The rationale behind a quote being quotable is a scintilla in the domain of logic. But its effect in domain of argument/dialogue (will use argument in rest of passage) is a raging fire in the jungle. It’s not that a quote, by some comprehensive detail or by an apt logic, proves something. For the ‘detail’ part, if someone wants to tell detail why would he resort to a brief quote in the first place? And by its very nature there has never been logic behind someone quoting a quote. I say ‘nature’ because quote by its nature is not a scientific theorem or an axiom, one uses a quote mere to take help of an ‘impressive and convincing’ (though illogical it maybe) external factor in our argument.
To me some of the reasons why one quotes some quote are:
- The quote is said by some famous/popular person and big personalities have good impression on us though one has absolutely no idea in what context given famous person said it.
- When one has nothing else to say to defend oneself, one just picks up a random quote along with a terrible smile and feels proud of his argument. (I do it, frequently)
By the given reasoned argument we can say that when one builds some hypothesis or logical concept, one should not take the support of a ‘quote’. But the truth is I am limited by my own weakness of limited knowledge and limited ability to conclude something logically (in questions that happen to be relatively tough for my ability). Therefore it becomes essential for me to resort to such petty ways. Anyway who cares!!
There are some I freely and usually refer to in times of emergency of loosing a war of words. These quotes come pretty handy in times of crisis with some smart chap, try these
- Ignorance is bliss
- Everyone has a mortgage to pay
- Choices become the destiny
- Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted
- There is no right or wrong, its just perceptions
- The pen is mightier than the sword
- Actions speak louder than words
- Doubt is the beginning of wisdom
- Wise men make proverbs and fools repeat them
- Hey Ram!! (This bit is just to embarrass someone)
There are some purely my own creations also:
- God created man and in answer to that devil created wo-man.
- Words without action lead no one nowhere
- Truth is as much logical as I want to believe
- Only in the darkness, one can savor moonlight
- The world is not enough, but there is no way you can get more than world. Alas!!
- You believe you have seen the entire world, but reality is you don’t have eyes in the first place.
Then there is the plagiarized one:
- “My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.” -- Stephen Hawking
“My goal is simply complex. It is a complete understanding of the life we live, how do we live, why do we live and why do we have to live at all” – Sukesh Kumar
Counter-arguments and more inputs to quotes are welcomed...