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Sure. Just be sure to quote and not call it your own words. Second, don't overquote text... you use up valuable essay space with words that are not your own.
Along those lines.... I'll make the tiny argument that quoting, I think, is often a bit of a cop out. It's like saying "I know what I want to say but I cant say it in my own words, so I'll borrow someone else's" ...
Also, a lot of essays - and I mean a lot - quote something that is either totally unrelated (it just sounds good) - or so out of context/chopped up that you can't really tell if its actually relevant at all.
And this doesn't seem to pertain to you (I don't know what the Columbia app looks like), but this might be useful for others:
Unless the essay specifically asks about some quotation or other source material, it's better not to start your essays with a quote. It's sort of trite. As is using dictionary definitions, song lyrics, and others of the sort.