Which sentence is best? Can I use the colon in the 2nd one? Is "that" or "which" the best?

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The words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad” encourage us to look beyond appearances that are often unreliable.
 

The words of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow encourage us to look beyond appearances, which are often unreliable: “Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.”   

asked Feb 11 '13 at 20:43 Susan New member

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I greatly prefer the second sentence, which does a much better job of setting up the quote, thus making the whole sentiment more compelling.

 

"Which" is correct. Using "that" in this context would restrict your meaning to only those appearances that are unreliable. In this case, you're talking about all appearances, so the non-restrictive "which" is approrpriate.

link comment answered Feb 11 '13 at 22:23 Actually Holly Expert

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