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August 30, 2004

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Sharon

From the historians' side of the swing doors, I was always taught to keep quotes from secondary sources as short and snappy as possible; perhaps use them to convey a sense of an author's particular style; but especially when the author has said something that's just inimitable and compelling. Long quotes from secondary sources (to me) can just look like desperately trying to impress us with what you read without having actually *understood* it.

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