A friend of mine, after taking her exams, told me that she spent most of the first day just getting together all the quotes she planned to use. I thought, what a great idea; I should get a head-start on that. So I've been going back to various texts and collecting quotes in devon. Obviously, at this point I don't know what my questions will be, so I am simply gathering quotes that I feel will be most relevant to my project as a whole.
Problem is that a lot of the time I just really like the quote (or the idea contained therein) but can't really see how it connects to any of the arguments I plan to make. I've spent about three days (only about an hour or two each day) harvesting quotes from Stanley Aronowitz's The Crisis in Historical Materialism. I know I've spent too much time and taken waaay too many quotes from this book (there are just so many that appeal to me). One from today that totally doesn't seem to connect to my project, but that I like anyways:
"Feminist struggles have the possibility for contributing to a new configuration of classes within contemporary society because they go beyond the limits of economic self-interest" (112).