Do Quotes really Empower and Encourage us? Last week I came across someone´s opinion that reading too many quotes is not good, cause it´s simply “someone else´s opinion and people take it for granted instead of thinking“…
Do Quotes Really Empower and Encourage Us?
Some say reading quotes from famous people makes us take for granted someone´s ideas and kills our own originality. Others state we tend to use quotes to justify what we already believe deep inside. Does reading quotes makes us think? Or is it a simple “copy-paste”?
To start with: for me, it is hard to believe there is anything bad or useless about reading quotes (and reading in general). People who don´t want to think are not looking for new quotes or inspirational ideas. But those who do, tend to make the most of it.
Reading what the great leaders and geniuses had to say could make you reconsider or question your own views, but not necessarily change them. Moreover, I feel like in my case, quotes do not kill my originality, but reinforce it from different angles and open my mind to new ideas. Everything we hear is just an opinion, not a fact and everything we see is a perspective, not the truth. More opinions and perspectives – more ways to diversify our world.
You might agree or disagree with particular quotes from the great and famous, but there is, for sure, a reason they´ve become great and famous. There is a reason some voices mark a difference in this world, while others don´t. And you could always learn something from their good or bad thoughts. People should listen to each other, learn from each other and empower each other: quotes are those messages in the dialogue of different beliefs and generations.
To sum up, I believe it´s not about quotes empowering or encouraging us. It is about the conclusions we make. A quote is either a reminder of what you believe or a driving force to question it all.
Some of my favorite quotes to live by:
“It always seems impossible until its done.”
“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it.”
– John Maxwell
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
– Winston Churchill
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.”
– Albert Einstein