How to Write a Topic Sentence (with Sample Topic Sentences)
Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!" Example: Thoreau ends his essay with a metaphor: "Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in." This is an easy rule to remember: if you use a complete sentence to introduce a quotation, you need a colon after the sentence.
Your topic sentence sets the stage
Remember to introduce the quote with a colon and use quotation marks. It is important to lay out quotes correctly because it shows you are professional about what you are doing. Keep them short - no more than three or four lines each.
Use short quotations--only a few words--as part of your own sentence. Example: In "Where I Lived, and What I Lived For," Thoreau states that his retreat to the woods around Walden Pond was motivated by his desire "to live deliberately" and to face only "the essential facts of life." Example: Thoreau argues that people blindly accept "shams and delusions" as the "soundest truths," while regarding reality as "fabulous." Example: Although Thoreau "drink[s] at" the stream of Time, he can "detect how shallow it is." When you integrate quotations in this way, you do not use any special punctuation.