It is a good idea to avoid long quotations, especially quotations long enough to require indentation. Tehe are few such quotations in academic writing that could not better be paraphrased. Long quotations not only discourage the reader, they often serve as a substitute for thought on the part of the writer.- Christopher Lasch (1932-1934), Plain Style: A Guide to Written English (University of Pennsylvania Press: 2002), pg. 65.
I assure our readers that the quotes posted on this blog serve not as substittues for, but rather encouragements to, rigorous thinking.