kellerac

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So I'd like to include the following sentence in my PTCAS essay:

Aristotle, a Greek philosopher and influential scientist once declared that, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."

However someone who was editing my paper mentioned that I should look to see if this needs to be cited or not. I feel like adding a citation in the middle of an application essay would be tacky. However will a non-cited quote be a major red flag for admission boards?

Let me know what you think, I'd like to leave it uncited, but also don't want to plagiarize :shrug:
 

Grizzlyman

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Do not quote Aristotle. This is not literature class. Just write an essay from your life experiences as if you were speaking to an actual person.
 
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I used a quote from MLK in my essay, I think it is fine so long as it ties in with the point you're making and you mention his name before/after the quote. I definitely don't think it'll make you look like a jackass so long as it makes sense..
 
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As long as it ties into what your main points are then you should be fine. I don't see how using a quote from one of the greatest minds in history makes you a jackass.
It's more so that using a citation would make you look strange, especially just one citation. Stylistically it's a little cringe-worthy.
 
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kellerac

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I submitted the essay. Everyone I had read it (dep. heads, engineer, professors) approved of the quote. I took out the explanation of who Aristotle it (considering my audience), and hopefully it goes over well.

p.s. I didn't cite it