Why would you quote someone that doesn’t even know you? Are you sure they said that? When did they state that and have they changed their minds since then?
These were questions I asked myself after quoting someone else… as I later questioned the reliability of the source.
I started thinking to myself, if I want to make a statement with absolute certainty of the source, I should be quoting myself, not someone else.
“The quote yourself initiative is just that, quote yourself. You yourself take ownership of what you say. You can change your mind later too, for that you yourself can justify and explain your reasons for doing so.”Juan Carlos Aguirre
If you do quote someone else, historical people (as a whole) are more reliable than living people.
Preferred, Historical Figures: Whether by a few years or centuries, those that have been extensively researched and documented by historians, are perhaps more reliable to quote. If there are open issues about the nature of specific quotes, they are openly question and debated by the research community, if indeed a certain person did say what is claimed and in what context.
Not Preferred, Currently Living: We have all seen it, someone famous says something and later they contradict themselves. This is particular of those that enjoy the spotlight, especially professional athletes, actors, artists, musicians, and politicians. It is best not to quote these people at all due to their volatility, unless you want to tarnish your own credibility when that person changes their mind.
Revised September 9th, 2020