Ever find yourself trying to remember who said those famous words that are a must include for a paper or article you are writing? Stumbled across a great quote that you might use in a future paper and quickly bookmark the page in a book or scribble it down on a piece of scrap paper? Have you found an effective way to document the quotes for later consumption, use an existing quote/phrase book, or do you avoid them generally? Until recently, I had not managed the sayings that amused or enlightened me and have probably lost time looking for quotes fragments I barely remember.
Pithy quotes are all over the place and the chances that I will remember a particular quote for a paper is relatively low. The best chance of finding an apt quotation for a paper, for me, will be during the literature review as I write a paper – but that will exclude the hundreds of fiction pieces or pop culture snippets I digest on a weekly basis (context for the above quotes). To circumvent this problem, I have started to collect quotes in a document for retrieval at a later date. Initially, I had planned on saving the quotes alphabetically by author, but quickly realized that it would not be conducive to quick access. So, at the moment, I am going by subject and context and will, if I am diligent about it, have a useful database of quotes that I find relevant – and available when the need arises.
What do you do, if anything at all, to collect quotations?