Quoting from literature in conversations
January 24, 2013 3:07 AM Subscribe
Does anyone memorize quotes from literary works and use them in conversations?
posted by eisenl to writing & language (35 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
This has been a mystery to me for a long time. In movies, TV series, and even books, I see characters quoting lines from books and plays, often classical works.
I think it would be nice to be able to do that, but then I realize although I have read, studied, and loved many books, I don't remember any word-by-word sentences in them. I then wonder if I have been reading wrong, if I have especially volatile memory for such use, or if it has anything to do with English being a foreign language to me.
Do people actually quote from books and plays in real life? Does memorization come naturally by reading? Or are there people who take time and effort to deliberately memorize parts of texts that they particularly liked? (which actually sounds like a great thing to do, even not for showing off purposes)