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Chapter 15. Start at the Very Beginning,... > You Could Look It Up - Pg. 121

Start at the Very Beginning, A Very Good Place to Start c. d. e. 121 f. g. h. If you're quoting someone who is dead, make it clear in the speech that they are dead; that is, "In the words of the late Groucho Marx...." Don't use quotations to show off what you know. If you don't know how to pronounce the author of the quotation's name, don't fake it. Cop out instead. Try these lines: "A famous person once said..." or "An author once wrote..." or "It's been said that...." Include context or background to make the quote more meaningful. Quotes are illuminated when the writer, date, or situation is included. Quote correctly. Misquoting in the beginning of a speech shoots your credibility. Be sure the quotation is relevant to what you're saying, appropriate to your audience, and fresh. Class Act Even if you abbreviate your notes rather than writing out the full text, be sure to write out completely any quotation that you are directly quoting. (Obviously, paraphrasing lets you off the hook.) Words to Live By