Need Help? There's a Quote for That
I'm a huge fan of quotes. Motivational, inspirational, contextual, informational - whatever. I love them! I have 6 daily quote apps on my phone. I've even read a 300-page book that was literally just quote and reference after quote and reference.
A lot of people are shocked when I tell them this. I'm not very emotional, and I certainly don't take action based on feeling. I'm mostly logical and data-drive. This doesn't line up with the typical view of a person who has a bunch of life quotes to inspire them. That's because the typical view is wrong.
A clear mark of a good writer or speaker is the ability to be concise, to say more with less. It's a dream for the aspiring influencer to see something they said quoted!
Quotes pack a punch. They may only consist of a few sentences, even just a phrase or two, but what they imply speaks volumes! How could I not love that?
With only a few words, one person perfectly sums up everything that needs to be said about a subject. Now it's up to the viewer (or listener) to unpack that. It's fascinating!
I love quotes, at least in part, because I so badly want my life and my work to worthy of quoting.
Quotes are also the quintessential writing prompt. They take elaboration, and time to digest. All the value is already shared in those few words. All you have to do is bring that value to light!
Quotes move the world in a strange way. Even the most logical, firm-footed, corporeal individuals find understanding and significance in them. Take me, for example.
I could pull dozens out, but the few quotes that are currently stuck in the front of my mind are:
"I write only when inspiration strikes. Luckily, it strikes every morning at 9 o'clock sharp." - William Faulkner
"What good amid these, O me, O life? Answer. That you are here - that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse." - Walt Whitman
"Do what others won't today, so you can do what others can't tomorrow." - Vince Lombardi
"Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're probably right." - Henry Ford
These are all internalized. Their meanings have actually become pieces of how I live my life. And we all do this!
What's more, quotes are how we interact with each other and how we further relationships. We're all constantly pulling out quotes from movies and songs and TV shows and everywhere else!
"Love is a many splendored thing. Love lifts us up where we belong. All you need is love!" - Moulin Rouge
"It's a bold strategy, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for them." - Dodgeball
"How you doin'?" - FRIENDS
"Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end." - Semisonic
"Hi, have you met Ted?" - How I Met Your Mother
"You're killin' me, Smallz!" - The Sandlot
"Please, by all means, move at a glacial pace. You know how that thrills me." - The Devil Wears Prada
"Raise your hand if you've ever felt personally victimized by Regina George." - Mean Girls
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." - Charles Dickens
"525,600 minutes - How do you measure a year in the life?" - Rent
"Well, that escalated quickly." - Anchorman
"Yippee ki-yay, M***********." - Die Hard
"The lady doth protest too much, me thinks." - Hamlet
Quotes are everything! From blurbs your dad used to repeat all the way up to the most famed excerpts, quotes are how we interact with and understand everything around us.
Quotes are like pieces of iconography that guide us and help us navigate our world! Quotes are tightly compacted expressions that influence everyone. As a member of society, and particularly as a writer, how could I not love them?