I’m a quote collector. Or you can call me a kleptoquote. It’s all in how you want to look at it. I exploit the Fair Use Doctrine to lift words uttered by famous people and reprint them in my blog. And then I bask in the reflected glory of their celebrity.
I’m not a famous guru yet, so stealing quotes from others is what I have to do, if I want to appear wise. Also, it helps me to experience some simulacrum of what it feels like to dazzle the world with the splendor of my thoughts. Except that they’re not my thoughts, they’re the thoughts of the lucky bastard I quoted.
Sometimes when I quote someone, I like to add my own little snarky comment directly below. It’s the old bait and switch trick. I lure you to my post with the household names of the glitterati, and after you read their words, my words directly follow. I’m gambling that maybe one day, my words will come across as more erudite than the luminary that I quoted. And then maybe I’ll be discovered for the genius I imagine myself to be, and can become world famous also.
I encourage your comments on all of my posts, but especially on my Stolen Quote posts. I want you to find ways to eviscerate the quote. Kick it in the teeth. Challenge the wisdom and offer up something wiser. I’m envious of these famous dudes and dudettes that I quote, so anything that will knock them down a peg will help me to feel a little better about myself.
Let’s show the world that we’re smarter than the jet set. Let’s tear down their lace curtain, and expose their elitist intellectualism as so much tomfoolery.
And then we can all feel better about ourselves.