ENG 1101 English Composition I, section OL 0110

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  • 11/28/22 special "artistic" quoting
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    Prof. Masiello

    We need to practice more about basic internal quoting since many students have problems with that very important college writing skill.

    However, in the interest of learning something new, I am giving you a “special quoting assignment” to complete by our next class. If we were meeting in person, this would take about 75-90 minutes of class time.

    If you do it well, you might like to use this technique on your next essay and your research paper…

    It is posted in Discussion dated 11/28/22, and your responses should be posted there in Discussion.

    Special quoting assignment (suggested time: 75 minutes after you read these three pages)

    Starting an essay with an interesting quote that is relevant to your topic is an interesting “attention grabber” and it shows that you are intelligent, making intellectual connections between well-know quotes and your essay topic.

    Such quotes are not documented like internal quotes need to be. In a few days we will start practicing those kinds that you need for research papers.

    By “well-known” quotes, we are talking about quotes you know, that you read or learned or heard and found memorable. The implication is you did not have to Google it; you knew it.

    Here is an example. There was a real doctor, named Kevorkian, who offered to euthanize people who had incurable illnesses. He was later arrested.

    The Man Who Offered to Kill

    “To be or not to be, that is the question.” –William Shakespeare, Hamlet

    Now you write the introduction of your imaginary essay, here represented by nonsense typing sjsdhjfejekfpe jdfowjwsjfwj adjjdsjdsj jdj. djkdsjdso woosjdsod sosksksk skskpspspsusgsdflgflos sdofododo ojh eopoefkfpdk sjsdhjfejekfpe jdfowjwsjfwj adjjdsjdsj jdj. djkdsjdso woosjdsod sosksksk skskpspspsusgsdflgflos sdofododo ojh eopoefkfpdk sjsdhjfejekfpe jdfowjwsjfwj adjjdsjdsj jdj djkdsjdso woosjdsod sosksksk skskpspspsusgsdflgflos sdofododo ojh eopoefkfpdk sjsdhjfejekfpe. jdfowjwsjfwj adjjdsjdsj jdj djkdsjdso woosjdsod sosksksk skskpspspsusgsdflgflos sdofododo ojh eopoefkfpdk.

    Everyone probably knows the quote, “To be or not to be.” You do not have to have read Hamlet by William Shakespeare to know this. But…do you know what it is about?

    In the play Hamlet, Hamlet–the Prince of Denmark, whose father the King has already died before the play even starts–is depressed and morose. His mother, the Queen, has married his uncle, who is the new King. That is bad enough, but later Hamlet is visited by his father’s Ghost, who explains that the other man, his own brother, schemed with his wife to murder him. Hamlet is so distraught, he thinks about doing something…no, not revenge. He contemplates his own suicide. The famous words are about suicide: being alive or not.

    Now, if you were going to write an essay on euthanasia, assisted suicide, or suicide (or even being vaccinated!) and you start your essay with this quote, you would impress your reader of your scope of knowledge.

    Such an opening quote is not actually part of your introduction paragraph. It is on a separate line between your original title (that you created for your essay) and paragraph one. You may want to make it look different by using italics, maybe even a slightly smaller font. Please remember: normally you must underline or italicize a published title of a play, a novel, a film, so…if you italicize (or underline) the quote, this time, you do not italicize or underline the title. It is opposite what you would treat a published title in an essay.
    Oh, one more thing: when you create a title of your own, and you should, your title is just centered and most of the words are capitalized. You can find out on your own which title words do not get capitalized.

    Now let’s see which quotes you already know.

    A) Think of famous quotes or quote you like. Where do they come from? Think of any quotes you know from the following sources and write them down:
    • from the Bible
    • from history (That which was news when it happened if it lasts become history and, of course, it could be from hundreds of years ago)
    • from literature (a play, a novel, a poem, a short story)
    • from movies
    • from music (probably some lyrics, not merely a song title)
    • from commercials
    Go ahead, think of some and actually write them down and post them on Moodle (or send them to me in an email). Some of them may be just for fun, not useful for any future essay, but you get the point.

    I suggest you lean more to sources in movies and music that your teachers might have knowledge of, for example if you like a particular movie from another country that none of your readers ever heard of, that is not necessarily a good choice. If you want to quote a new recording artist who is not right now a “household name” then at least explain who he or she is.
    Now comes the rest of the assignment which you should also write down and send in OR BETTER STILL POST ON MOODLE:

    B) Please look for good quotes ABOUT the following, one quote for each:

    Please do not just write down the first one you see. Rather, look for one that
    inspires or amuses you.

    C) Separately, please look for quotes BY the following about any subject, not just
    the ones above:

    Abraham Lincoln (different from B; you are not looking for what these people said about the above topics)
    Mike Tyson
    John Lennon
    Marilyn Monroe
    Mahatma Gandhi
    Then write them down or copy and paste according to this style:

    “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your Country.”–John F. Kennedy

    Explanation: we all know who Kennedy was, so just his name is sufficient.

    If for numbers 1 though 5, you never heard of the writer or speaker, research
    what that person is or was, like poet, politician, philosopher, etc.

    “After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it
    backwards and in high heels.”–Ann Richards, the 45th governor of Texas

    Explanation: most do not know who Richards was, so you add more about her (above).

    Most students probably do not know who Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers were: a dance team, two actors who made several movies together in the 1930s. A beautiful scene of theirs is in the prison drama The Green Mile (the main sequence start at the 2 minute mark):

    Separately, here is a YouTube sampling of their work:

    (Reread the quote about them. The point is that the woman did everything the man did but for her it was harder because of her shoes and the fact that usually men take the lead in dancing, so the women do the steps backwards…)

    One last thing: for such quotes to be effective, they must be accurate, and here is where you should Google to make sure.
    JFK did not say “Don’t ask,” he said “Ask not.”


    Elin Louz


    In this type, where there is no page number necessary, the period goes to the left of the quote marks.

    1) Money: “a nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore”. – Yogi Berra Start the quote with a capital letter.
    2) Work: “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it “. – Henry Ford
    3) Children: “Children see magic because they look for it. “-Christopher Moore
    4) Marriage: “A great marriage isn’t something that just happens; it is something that must be created”- Fawn Weaver
    5) Religion: “in Jewish history, there are no coincidences.”- Elie Wiesel Start the quote with a capital letter.

    The above are good choices, but your punctuation is off


    1)“No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.”- Abraham Lincoln
    2) “Real freedom is having nothing. I was freer when I didn’t have a cent”- Mike Tyson
    3)” Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow.” – John Lennon
    4) “q smart girl leaves before she is left.”- Marilyn Monroe
    5) “the essence of all religions is one. Only their approaches are different.”-Mahatma Gandhi Start the quote with a capital letter.

    The above are good choices, but your punctuation is off


    Tiffany O

    A.) 1.) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosever believeth in him should bot perish, but have everlasting life.” — St John 3:16

    2.) “One of the impulses of man is the impulse to record, to scratch a drawing on a tusk or keep a diary…the enduring value of the past is, one might say, the very basis of civilization.” — John Jay Chapman

    3.) “But people alter themselves so much, that there is something new to observed in them forever.” — Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

    4.) “Look, I…I may not be an explorer, or an adventurer, or a treasure-seeker, or a gun-fighter, Mr. O’Connell, but I am proud pf what I am.” “And what is that?” “I…am a librarian.” — The Mummy, 1999. (see number 3 for visual improvement)

    5.) “Look to the sky just before you die, cause it’s the last time you’ll ever see it.” — Metallica.

    6.) “I’m Lovin’ it.” –McDonalds.

    B.) Money: “It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once and a while and make sure that you haven’t lose the [something is wrong grammatically] things that money can’t buy.”– George Lorimer Identify

    Work: “You are not your resume, you are your work.” — Seth Godin Identify

    Children: “The greatest one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.” — Billy Graham

    Marriage: “The great marriages are partnerships. It can’t be a great marriage without being a partnership.” — Helen Mirren

    Religion: “In the Christian Faith I would say one word…..BELIEVE!” — My father provide his name before identifying him

    C.) “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” — Abraham Lincoln

    “Everyone has a plan ’till they get punched in the mouth.” — Mike Tyson

    “Part of me suspects that I’m a loser and the other part of me thinks I’m God almighty.” — John Lennon

    “One of the best things that have happened to me is that I’m a woman. That is the way all females should feel.” — Marylin Monroe

    “An ounce of patience is worth more than a tonne of preaching.” — Mahatma Gandhi

    Excellent choices!


    Manahill Arshad

    Manahill, you must add a dash before the sourrce speaker or writer

    A. 1. “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.” Karl Marx, “Famous History Quotes”. We don’t need the website, just the speaker
    2. “I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” Thomas Jefferson, “Famous History Quotes”.
    3. “A generation which ignores history has no past and no future.” Robert Helin, “Famous History Quotes”. Did you spell his name right?
    4. “Live out of your imagination, not your history.” Stephen Covey, “Famous History Quotes”. Identify the writer; he is not well-known enough
    5. “Things have never been more like the way they are today in history.” Dwight D. Eisenhower, “Famous History Quotes”.

    B. 1. Too many people spend the money they earned. To buy things they don’t want. To impress people that they don’t like. –Will Rogers “Top 100 Money Quotes of All Time”.
    2. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” -Nelson Mandela, world leader “Motivational Quotes for Work.”
    3. “Children are like wet cement: whatever falls on them makes an impression.” – Haim Ginott “50+ Children Quotes Perfect for Any Child”. Identify him, please.
    4. “A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short.”—Andre Maurois “32 Marriage Quotes to Share with the Happy Couple.” Identify him, please.
    5. “All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.”
    ― Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Religion Quotes”.

    C. 1. “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” ~ use a dash not this little mark Abraham Lincoln
    2.“Everyone has a plan ’till they get punched in the mouth”
    ― Mike Tyson
    3.“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.”
    ― John Lennon
    4. “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”
    ― Marilyn Monroe
    5. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
    ― Mahatma Gandhi

    Very nice quotes, indeed! Just be careful to punctuate and identify when necessary.



    Viviana, remember these are not internal quotes. They are meant to go between your title and the introduction, on a separate line. You will only punctuatte as shown inthe assignment: with a dash after the quote. A dash is — not -.

    Also, if you choose to italicize the entire quote ans speaker, that can work, but with Gone Girl, since you needed italics for the title, yopu do the reverse and use italics for everything EXCEPT the book/movie title.
    A) “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord”(Jeremiah 29:11).

    “Needed to lose you to find me.” – Selena Gomez A dash is — not –

    “This man of mine may kill me” -Gone girl (I won’t use this in my essay, just trying to practice) Well, Your title need both words capitalized.

    “Simplest answers are from the correct one” -Gone girl

    Also, if you choose to italicize the entire quote ans speaker, that can work, but with Gone Girl, since you needed italics for the title, yopu do the reverse and use italics for everything EXCEPT the book/movie title.

    B) Marriage- “A perfect marriage is just two imperfect people who refuse to give up on each other.” – Kate Stewart Identify her; she is not a household name

    Money- “Don’t just make money, make a difference.”- Grant Cardone Identify him; he is not a household name

    Religion- As one priest says, “Religion is the everlasting dialogue between humanity and God. Art is it soliloquy”(Werfel). wrong format

    Children- “We must teach our children to dream with our eyes open.” -Harry Edwards Identify him; he is not a household name

    Work- “Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.” -Mark Twain

    C) “I am a slow walker but I never walk back.” -Abraham Lincoln

    “You’re smart too late and old too soon.” -Mike Tyson

    “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”- John Lennon

    “A girl doesn’t need anyone who doesn’t need her.” -Marilyn Monroe

    “The future depends on what you do today.”- Mahatma Gandhi

    How can you add more information about someone you are quoting from if they are unknown?

    Please look at the eample about that governor: after the name you just add a comma and a few words of identification

    Good effort but your presentation style is off.


    Tahreem Imran

    Very good quotes, but please consistently use dashes — not hyphens – to separate the quote from it source.

    A) “History is the story of events, with praise or blame.”-Cotton Mather
    “But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.”-William Shakespeare
    “I’m the king of the world!” -Titanic
    “If music be the food of love, play on”.- William Shakespeare
    “Time to make the donuts.”-Fred the baker

    B) Money:- “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest”. –Benjamin Franklin
    Work:- “Light tomorrow with today.” —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    Children:- “Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.” – John F. Kennedy
    Marriage:- “Light tomorrow with today.” —Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    Religion:- “Heaven is over our heads and also below our feet”. – Henry David Thoreau

    C) “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be”.-Abraham Lincoln
    “Real freedom is having nothing. I was freer when I didn’t have a cent.”-Mike Tyson
    “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”-John Lennon
    “Sometimes things fall apart, so that better things can fall together.”-Marilyn Monroe
    “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”-Mahatma Gandhi

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