I like quotations, when used sparingly. Thanks to the internet, we can find quotations from the familiar to the absurd to reference just about anything in life. Look up “quotations about dogs” and you will find site after site listing quotes about dogs such as this one:
“The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.”
— Charles de Gaulle
Look up quotations by Henry David Thoreau and you find something like this:
"The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it."
Rainy day quotes? Try ee cummings.
nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands
For goodness sakes, there are quotes about blogging. Here is what Malcolm Gladwell says:
“Without the New York Times, there is no blog community. They’d have nothing to blog about.”
When I say use them sparingly, though, I really mean it. You want the quotes to support your thoughts, not supplant them. Most people have their clever moments and if you have any kind of a way with words, you will come out with thoughts that other people want to use. Let others spread your words; reference yourself in your writing, just make sure the words fit the theme of your writing.
It is quite annoying to think that people are just padding their work with random quotes, picking them quickly and not really blending them in with the rest of their story, article, book or blog.
Your own words should be good. Judicious use of the proper quotations can make them better.