Is this a Greg Glassman quote? I recall seeing this before. I'll be honest - I don't think much of Glassman. I mean, who the hell uses words like "ineluctable?" I think that Glassman and those who blindly follow him are why people "hate" Crossfit. Having said that, I don't hate CF at all - I even like some of their ideas. My Olympic lifting coach is based at a CF facility and the guy who runs the facility is really big on the Olympic lifts. As yet, no one has tried to get me to sample the Crossfit Kool-Aid. The Crossfitters all know that I show up just for Olympic lifting and they're fine with that.
Having said all that, by all means sample some of the CF stuff and pick certain WODs that you like. If you look through the article archives, you'll find that CT also uses the Olympic lifts in his conditioning workouts, but he does things differently, and IMO, more intelligently. He'll have you do an Olympic lift for no more than 6 reps followed by a higher rep movement or sprint. The contrast between heavy/low-rep and light/high-rep does interesting things to your body - in a good way. My two favorites that I rotate in and out of my workouts:
From the "Metabolic Pairings" article found here http://www.T-Nation.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance/mondays_with_thibs_stripping_fat_with_metabolic_pairings&cr=:
Power snatch: 4-6 reps
Dumbbell swing (I use a kettlebell) 15 right, 15 left, 15 two-handed.
From the Fat Loss Twitter article (I call this the "Hockey Workout"):
Power snatch: 3 reps
Sprint 200 m or 15 burpees
Power clean: 3 reps, with same weight you used for the snatches.
Rest up to 3 minutes. Do as many rounds as possible.