Zap, it makes me very happy that you're quoting RATM (do you listen to Audioslave at all?). Just as long as you don't quote, "F*ck you, I won't do what you tell me." Not sure if I have any opinions whether it is gimmicky or high-schoolish. I don't really remember hs, so I'm not an expert on what is high-schoolish. My feeling is that one sentence won't kill a well written paper. If you have cohesion and flow, she'll be right.
What I was wondering was what the best way to introduce a quote, in say the intro paragraph. I've seen quotes used in many ps, and they work if used appropriately.Oh, and good writers borrow...great writers steal outright.
But I do like Audioslave. Do I like it as much as Rage? No. I love Cornell, but that's because I loved Soundgarden. Thing is, I loved Rage more than Soundgarden, but for me what really set Rage apart was Zach, combined with Tom Morello using his guitar as a turntable. Unfortunately, when Zach left and they formed Audioslave with Cornell, Tom Morello became more of a conventional guitarist, and it seemed to me a little too similar to Soundgarden. So while I enjoy their material, just as I enjoyed Soundgarden, I still want my Rage back.
Just because someone once said something brilliant doesn't mean you should quote him/her.In a Personal Statement you have a limited amount of real estate to work with, often only 2 pages. To fill such valuable real estate with someone else's writing shows not only a serious lack of judgement (you've only got 2 pages - use it to showcase *YOUR* writing, not someone else's) but also shows a lack of ability to creatively expound upon ideas in your own voice.Someone said something brilliant once? Great. Bully for him/her. Use your own personal statement to create your own marvelous piece of writing itself worthy of quotation by others. At least strive for that. Quoting someone else shows you've already given up before you've even started. Quoting someone else at the beginning of your PS *REALLY* shows a lack of ability to depend on your own self.I think the exception to this is, as one poster pointed out above, when the quote comes from a conversation you were directly participating in. In such context you genuinely have some ownership of the quote insofar as you personally experienced/witnessed/were involved with it.