The fad of citing quotes that one just found on the internet is very annoying. If these quotes are misattributed it’s slightly irritating.
In French there is a saying (it’s not a quote but its source comes from popular wisdom ):
”la culture c’est comme la confiture. Moins on en a plus on l’étale »
Culture is like marmelade. If you have only little culture you try to spread it out showing off. With marmelade, it’s the same. The less you have of marmelade the more you spread it to cover your slice of bread.
Thats why people love quotes. An easy way to show or spread there wisdom with no effort.
But I like the one attributed to Voltaire, freedom of speech is probably one of the most essential rights that the western culture developed.
“I didn’t say half the s*** y’all say I did.”
Of course quotes concentrate complex thoughts with few words and they are usually brilliantly formulated. They are a little bit like proverbs. I love proverbs and find them useful for language learning.
What I dislike is the use of quotes to show off without having read one single line of the books of the author which has been quoted.