Fewer Inspirational Quotes, More Original Thinking, Please

Stop Quoting.001The Internet has ruined quotations for me.

I love inspirational quotes as much as the next guy. I even collected a bunch of them on the subject of communications and put them in a video. But enough is enough.

Some people’s Twitter and Facebook feeds consist of nothing but famous quotations, often pasted over stirring pictures of sunsets and mountains and waterfalls. When that’s all you post, it gets old fast. It veers dangerously into “Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy” territory.

We’ve seen these Mark Twain and Abe Lincoln and Wayne Gretsky quotes thousands of times. I’d rather see people’s own original thoughts than stuff recycled from other sites’ feeds.

Now some people may feel they’ve got no special wisdom or insights to share.

Bull. You’re just not looking hard enough.

I didn’t think I had a lot to share with the world — then I ended up writing a whole book’s worth of stuff.

So here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to start sharing my own tiny bits of insight, and I encourage others to do the same.

Of course, the big problem with this approach is that I’d be a hypocrite if I asked others to share or retweet them.

5 thoughts on “Fewer Inspirational Quotes, More Original Thinking, Please

  1. Well said, I share the same irritation as you on the overuse of quotes. Using quotes or image with original thoughts is in my view the best way to deliver a message, otherwise it is like coming across a parrot uttering words it has no understanding of.

  2. Thanks, Alex — I’m finding it’s a good exercise. If everyone thought hard about it, they’d find they have important things to say.

  3. I always take time to check out Dave’s “my selection of inspiring posts of the week” because they are worth it. I am obsessed with quotes. Reading this post was like as if I am sleeping in my class and suddenly the teacher comes and hits me with a book. Her scary stare and …. I was awake. [Laughing] Loved this post of yours because I am sick and tired of reading all the famous non-famous quotes again and again. I am worn out and need a dose of new ones.

    1. Thank you, SOnia. You’re right, I love quotes, too, but as you said, how many times do we have to see “fail to plan/plan to fail” and its ilk? On Facebook, especially, some of the “self-help” variety, get so syrupy my keyboard starts to stick! I’d like to see people finding less stale quotes from their own reading, instead of simply sharing the same ones from all these quote sites.

      1. I completely agree with you and am glad to see that there is someone out there who thinks like that.

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