There’s an old saying that goes, “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.” That saying has been attributed to Mae West, an American stage and film actress, playwright, screenwriter, singer, and sex symbol. But who said it, in my opinion, is not as important as what was said.
That saying may be applicable for verbal interactions, where you’re communicating face-to-face or orally. But as bloggers, we depend upon the written word. That said, often how you “say” it helps communicate what you have to say. You can use humor to enhance your message. You can also be sure to use proper grammar, punctuation, and usage to ensure that your readers aren’t distracted, causing your words to lose, if not their meaning, at least their impact. So, both what and how you say (write) it, are important.
Now Sadje has added a new dimension to this familiar question by throwing in who to the what and how. She asks…
When you use a quote, what’s more important: who said it or what they said?
Again, in the context of blogging, I usually search for interesting, relatable, and sometimes controversial quotes to use for my responses to Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompts. Some of the quotes I use are from “anonymous,” in which case, “who” I’m quoting is unknown. But my objective is to focus on what the person I’m quoting said. I don’t really care who I’m quoting as long as what words I’m quoting resonate.
So, to answer Sadje’s Sunday Poser question, when it comes to choosing quotes for my blog, more often than not, it’s what they said that is more important that who said it.