I ask that because I see so many posters, myself included, who in their posts use famous quotations by famous people.
I read such books assiduously during my teens. I still read them but less assiduously.
I know the reason: my parents rarely spoke, except to give my siblings and I work to do or to tell us to finish the work. Had they told me of the questions they surely had to answer when they were young, I would have dealt with a fast-changing world in ways more like theirs.
If you use quotations often, is it because you needed information your parents hadn't given you and you looked for what other people had said?
Never been one for quotations. Probably because celebrities never impressed me. I did hear one or two quotes that I liked, not because they came from celebrities, but because they made a good point, or spoke to me in some way.
Since becoming an atheist, I hear a lot more quotes that I like. I save a lot of them, but so far have never used one on a theist. I may use one on occasion with one of my family members, but only if I think they will be impressed by the famous person.
Most of the quotes I save will only be used as a springboard for me to put their idea in my own words when trying to make a point.
Tom, I answered you're question in your heading, but I'm sorry I don't understand your final question. I may not have an answer even if I come to understand it. However, I'm sure there are many on atheist nexus that could answer it because they do use quotes a lot. I'm surprised none of them have yet responded.
Spud, sometimes the lack of clarity in my writing confuses me.
I should've written that last question as "If you use quotations often, is it because your parents seldom spoke and you needed information they hadn't given you?"
Thank you for asking. AN's discussion software allows the editing of opening posts and I edited mine to clarify my intention.
Just science books and Biggles.
Then dived into an encyclopaedia set.
When I was younger they overdone a quotation by Voltaire about defending your right to say something. I didn't use it because it has been said enough. These days I'm seeing Americans wrapped in the flag as they quote some long gone person in our world, doing so as if that person lived by our Constitution. Gimme a break. We know it wasn't that way. That's no better than Christians telling everyone that our founding fathers were also believers, they wanted religion to take over our schools and government, and if you don't feel the same you're not American. What a twisting of reality.
Back to quotations, I did have a book of dirty limericks once that I really liked. One of them was something about a man from Nantucket. It's been a long time though and I've forgotten a lot.
Limericks often convey wisdom and/or mischief.
In some there is subtlety, as in: "I am Anna Pest, Anna Pest."
I like word play; think iambs and anapests.
I concluded that limerick with these two lines:
"It's been an enjoyable caper, / and Anna wants me to undraper her."
A small history lesson:
Have you heard about Magda Lupescu?
She came to Romania's rescue.
It's a wonderful thing
To be under a king.
Is democracy better,
I esk you?
And Michael, I've seen a T-shirt that says I am the man from Nantucket.