Something has been bothering me for a while. It’s the way that people abuse quotes. Everyone loves quotes, myself included. I view them as a manifestation of my thoughts. I can relate to what the author is saying. Most of the quotes I see being recycled are either on Twitter or Tumblr. People don’t appreciate them. They inject levity into these works of art. It’s literary vandalism. Reading this, you might say that it’s their freedom of speech. Do you even know what that means? A person needs to be educated, they need to think for themselves. Instead, they’re thinking other people’s opinions. When a person is quoted, those words are taken out of context. The value they hold are what we assign to them based on the amount as to which the words resonate with us. I admit, I’m not that well read. I’ve only read about 200 books so far. To some that may sound like a lot. It is those people who don’t even know who the author of their favorite quote is. I don’t mean the name of who said it, I mean who the person actually is. They merely stumbled across some website advertising the 100 best quotes in the world. Honestly, I think those are the 100 worst. Pick up a book and start reading it. Highlight passages that you like, and scribble in the margins. Understand what you’re reading, understand what the author is trying to say and where he/she is coming from. Understand why the author would say what it is that they said, why they selected those particular words. Writers are rewarded by having their words turned into a monument. So do us all a favor, leave literature to us and vote for something like American Idol.