I have always prefered quotes as the best way to take notes. I remember learning this technique my freshman year of college, when I stumbled upon a professor bursting with wisdom and sharp wit. While taking notes about how to write a great topic sentence (or whatever else we learned in that class), I would write down a sentence or two word-for-word so I could remember her exact andecdote when I reviewed my notes later.
When I started teaching, I realized that my students are also pretty quick witted, although not as wise as my professor. They really do say some hilarious things, and when I catch them, I jot down their words. Hopefully, I'll get to jot them down in this blog when I get it going.