There, I have said it. I love a good quote. It is like a little pick me up, a wordy kick in the butt. It can say so much in so few a words and when you have nothing to say…a quote will say it for you.
Now I am not talking about the ‘quotes’ you see flashing by on social media..words such as ‘you got this girl‘ and ‘I am so tired, even my coffee needs coffee‘ type of quotes. I am talking about big bad, age old quotes that keep reappearing year after year, century after century. They get rehashed, they are redesigned but essentially they stand the test of time.
Some of the oldest quotes known to man (even before BC)
“Every man is the architect of his own future”.
Sallust (86 -35 BC) Roman Historian
“Your life is an expression of all your thoughts.”
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121-180) – Roman Emperor and Stoic Philosopher
Old.. yes but still totally relevant to us today. So ponder all your might on those positive thoughts in the safe knowledge that in year 121 (can you even imagine it?) someone somewhere was being told ‘Your life is an expression of all your thoughts’…Perhaps he (or she….I always think of Ancient Rome as just being very man led…I am terrible feminist) was wondering how they would compare at the upcoming gathering of philosophers and Gods.
What defines a quote?
Well it is literally ‘to repeat and copy words from a text spoken or written by someone else’
There, nothing to it really. Which is why we have so many quotes. There are quotes for every season, mood, morning. Quotes for cats (“Time spent with cats is never wasted” – Sigmond Freud), couples and even chihuahua’s (“Even the tiniest Chihuahua is still a wolf at heart”)
So what makes a quote a good one? The ones that stand the test of time.
A quote is about connecting with the words. It is like picking up the daily paper and reading your stars only to find yourself in awe at the uncanniness of predictability. You can be feeling a bit ‘meh’ and come across a quote that just picks at you a little bit, enough to move you out of ‘meh’ and into ‘yeah’. Quotes are quick to read, they are punchy, some are intelligent and some are just funny. They can snap you into action, remind you that you are doing ok and connect you with others who have shared or liked the quote.
We need quotes like we need our shot of expresso or daily shower…a necessary requirement that can start our day. So below are just a few of my favourite short quotes (I have longer ones if you require..)
“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt” Sylvia Plath
“Impossible is just an opinion” Paulo Coelho
“Wherever you go, go with all your heart” Confucius
and this last one was written in a card from someone to me back when I was teaching and I was deciding to make the leap from one comfortable career to starting my own business..
“everything will be okay in the end. If its not okay, its not the end”
Do you have a good quote?