I confess: I'm guilty of plagiarism. On occasion, I will take a line from other literary works or songs that I am fond of and apply them to my works. While I generally don't copy the line word for word (I slightly revise it), I always make it applicable to my work and insightful in a whole new context. I also keep track of whenever I do this for anything I may want to publish in the future, so that I can properly credit the original authors. Not surprisingly, I know of other authors who engage in acts very similar to this. While most will simply take a line or two and tweak it a bit to meet the needs of their own work (as I do), some will downright lift several lines letter for letter into their work. What is your opinion on doing this? When does a mere rewording to vaguely pay tribute to an author turn into a more serious form of intellectual theft? Should I be burned at the stake for my crimes? I'm curious to see what other writers think of this practice. Put me on trial!