An apt quotation is often the clincher of any argument. Quotations also have their place in introductory paragraphs, conclusions or in body paragraphs, adding credibility and strength to a persuasive essay. Students who need an extra "oomph" in their essays should familiarize themselves with this set of quotations specifically chosen for their brevity and categorized by theme for use in school essays or on the SAT. This reference sheet comes with 90 brief, memorable quotations and recognizable authors. It is also divided into 26 standard categories taken from past SAT essays.
This handy tool has helped many of my students to fill in awkward spaces or to provide intriguing lead-ins to their essays. It can also be used as a classroom discussion tool for current events, essay prompts, or quote-of-the day discussions.