To cite is to continue a conversation with the past

During the student revolts that shook the world in the late i96os, one of the slogans shouted at the lecturers at the University of Heidelberg was Hier wird nicht jitiert!, “No quoting here!” The students were demanding original thought; they were forgetting that to quote is to continue a conversation from the past in order to give context to the present. To quote is to make use of the
Library of Babel; to quote is to reflect on what has been said before, and unless we do that, we speak in a vacuum where no human voice can make a sound. “To write history is to cite it,” declared Walter Benjamin.”‘

The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel

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