Some students complain that formal academic writing squelches their “voice.” Paraphrasing is putting other people’s ideas into your voice—your way of saying or phrasing things.
Picking the right quote can elevate your ideas and enhance your credibility. However, if all the quote does is state the obvious or simply repeat common knowledge information (or matter-of-factly summarizes their “expert” opinion), your paper may appear humdrum (or worse).
Sticking to the basics will help you write a good paper that reads well and follows a logical train of thought.
Expert testimony is a valuable addition to academic writing. The practice of smoothly introducing sources and integrating quotes, etc. makes your writing appear more professional and polished.
In a reflection paper, you need to validate your opinion. You do this by including a quote or paraphrase from something that led you to your opinion.