I am laughing as I read and write more, I see that putting a quote on the front of writing is a good lead in and lends credibility to a persons writing. I often think it is a way to hide as I can find a quote to support any position. The other writing toy is to use a conversation with another person to blame what I think on them. I see James Michener and Paul Theroux both doing this technique superbly. Another way to say something and avoid the heat, or hate mail.