Good Quotes Can Win Awards
From “Profile Article of Delancey Street’s Director, Dr. Mimi Silbert" by Halle Stockton:
“’She’s like an angel. She does it because it’s truly in her heart. She could be anywhere in the world but Mimi chooses to live here with us, be here with us and teach us,” Munoz said. “I want to be just like her.’”
This quote gives support to the reason why quotes are needed in a work. In fact, I would venture to say that this woman won based on her ability to obtain awesome quotes (not to say that her writing isn't good). I suspect steroids were given to the interviewees because in my high school newspaper days the only quotes I could get were “It was good” and “I really like football because it is fun.” These kinds of quotes make for a boring article. But when you can get people to give quotes with this kind of emotion, you really have something to be proud of. The journalist has gathered quotes from (as far as I counted) three ex-convicts Mimi’s directly helped and four people who are on the outside, know and have worked with her. The number and quality of these quotes are fantastic.
This quote in particular makes me as the reader want to know Mimi. She seems like a wonderful person who really loves and enjoys helping others, something we should all strive to do just a little more. Kudos to the writer of this piece on her exemplary writing.