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Sarah Daffy

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If I want to use a quote I found on Google for my book and I don't know who said it, can I still use it?

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I found several memes with quotes on them that I like on Google but some of them don't say who quoted it originally.

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2 hours ago, lynnmosher said:

Can't look yet. I need the quote. ;)

I did a search of “sisters quotes” on Google. Also found some on a site I don’t remember but if I put them in Google I could probably find them. 

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3 hours ago, lynnmosher said:

Wow! I thought you were looking for just one! Is there one in particular you wanted to use?

Well, I haven’t quite decided yet. There are a lot of ones that I like. At first I thought I’d start the book with a quote about sisters but the reader doesn’t find out they’re sisters until near the end of the book so scratch that. Then I thought of starting every chapter with a quote, the chapters where we only know that they are friends with a friend quote and the chapters where we know that they are sisters with a sister quote. Or I thought I could start the book with a friend quote and end with a sister one without doing any at every chapter. Thoughts?

Edited by Sarah Daffy

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2 hours ago, suspensewriter said:

go with just quoting them as anonymous!

Unless there is someone identified with them.

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48 minutes ago, carolinamtne said:

Unless there is someone identified with them.

Like a celebrity?

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21 minutes ago, carolinamtne said:

Like if it has a name attached to it, the name of the person who said it, celebrity or not.

But what if it doesn't?

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If nothing comes up, at least attribute it to the website where you found it. (Of course, that's kind of hard to do in dialogue.)

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15 minutes ago, lynnmosher said:

How many are you going to use, Sarah?

No clue. Either one in the beginning and one in the end or one for every chapter.

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