I will freely admit that I like quotes even though some academics and other writers argue that being impressed by the words of others is - they say - a sign of low intelligence.
The "mixing of apples and oranges" tends to confuse matters a little.
Hi, irrespective of intelligence level (I identify as a "foolish bombu" ) for me it is nothing to do with being "impressed". Rather they are windows into the minds and lives of others. I am blessed (?) with becoming "empty" when actually reading any quote, completely non-judgemental, totally open to another way of seeing our world. Only afterwards do the words - possibly - settle, and then I just "take what I need and leave the rest".
Mixing apples and oranges is fine, and follows from "touching base", finding Trust in Reality, as I said. Confusing if one hasn't. They testify to the beauty of difference, the wonderful diversity of the world we live in. Apples, oranges, bananas and more.
A quote to finish, from Thomas Merton in his introduction to his rather loose translation (the looser the better I would say) of Chuang Tzu....
"..... the “way” of Chuang Tzu is mysterious because it is so simple that it can get along without being a way at all. Least of all is it a “way out.” Chuang Tzu would have agreed with St.John of the Cross, that you enter upon this kind of way when you leave all ways and, in some sense, get lost."