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    I began mine with the statement "I believe theatre is magical" and went on to explain why, and then did the rest of my statement - and it worked! I got two offers off the back of it and invitation to three interviews/auditions

    (Original post by Tommyjw)
    Wrong, quotes are a way of relating to a specific subject, showing you have an interest in 'popular or important' people in the area your going into, and if you reference to it well enough it can show a great amount of how much of your own 'outside reading' about the subject you do, it is a great way to show you have read up a lot on a particular element of the degree, a particular person or a particular book.

    Quotes aren't meant to tell them 'oh ye i love this subject'. They are there, if used properly, for the reasons i've said above.
    Surely, if you did 'outside reading' you should just mention the book you read, then if it is of relevance you can talk about it in your interview, so the interviewer can examine. And it shouldn't be the way to start a personal statement, if anything it belongs in the hobbies/interests section. Either way, its a controversial and discouraged thing to do.
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