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Archeaology of quotes - STANFORD SUPPLEMENT - What matters to you

helloimyellow 9 / 25 3  
Dec 24, 2013   #1
What matters to you, and why? (250 word limit.)

More often than not, within a minute of meeting someone I will have asked about their name, school (if applicable), favorite food, and favorite quote. With time I may forget the first three but will always remember the fourth. To me, words reveal as much about the listener as they do the speaker.

Over the years, I have collected a small library of quote diaries: Some are philosophical, others are witty, and still others are just plain ludicrous. I value these slips of insight because they force me to think. Every quote I come across is a small piece of history with a unique context, cause, and effect. It is this aspect that fascinates me, as piecing together the stories behind a quote forms an enigmatic sort of puzzle; I make it a source of entertainment to uncover the story behind each snippet.

It is my belief that an active mind is the most treasured possession anyone could ask for and that vigilant maintenance of this liveliness is key. This allows for imagination and innovation, the agents of progress, but at the core must lay a stimulant. While others may solve Rubik's Cubes or play Sudoku to actuate their minds, for me the finest mental workout exists in the archaeology of quotes. Although I do not have a single definite favorite, I live by the idea that "an opportunity becomes an experience when you seize it". Now, as promised before the minute ends, what's your favorite quote? Think about it. (250/250 words)

Thanks in advance for any advice!!

SilverKnight 15 / 55 4  
Dec 24, 2013   #2
I like it! It's unique and genuine, which is a great selling point. Also, you did a very good job of showing the audience your love of quotes/quote gathering instead of telling them about it. I want to put some sort of criticism down, but I'm not sure what to put. For a second, I thought there was a minor lack of clarity in the beginning of the last paragraph, but then I read the rest and it wasn't unclear any longer.

Oh, in case your wondering, my favorite quote is from Jackie Robinson; "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."
thenewdude 13 / 59  
Dec 24, 2013   #3
very tight, convincing writing. Just one suggestion (I may be totally wrong here), in the second last line, the ordering of the commas should change : Now, as promised before the minute ends, what's your favorite quote? becomes Now as promised, before the minute ends, what's your favorite quote?
sarthakjain 19 / 58  
Dec 26, 2013   #4
I think the content is really solid and have a good chance to impress the admission officer.
cjhanna82 3 / 6 1  
Dec 26, 2013   #5
Like the newdude noted, fix the commas. Flawless essay!
OP helloimyellow 9 / 25 3  
Dec 26, 2013   #6
I took care of the commas :)
Thanks a ton to everyone who has taken the time to read this!

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