March 13, 2017

People love quotes. But Why?

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"A fine quotation is a diamond in the hand of a man of wit and a pebble in the hand of a fool."
"I always have a quotation for everything - it saves original thinking."
"The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation."
People love quotes. 

Quotes that make us laugh, motivate, inspire or understand.  Sometimes quotes help us relate or gain perspective.  
We love them in beautiful hand-lettering. 
We even like them when they’re full of spelling errors or the product of a strange Photoshop attempt.
We print them on t-shirts, we hand them on posters, and we even tattoo them on our bodies.   But why?
What is it about quotes and mantras that we find so motivational?

Maybe they affirm what we already know (or think we know) about ourselves.

Maybe we are drawn in from our basic human desire to be able to both fit in or feel we are not alone.  We want to be able to say "me too!" and find a common ground and then,  to feel like we’re in good company once we’re there.

A few years ago I was challenged to post one positive quote a day, every day, for a year. Although I didn't come close to every single day, I did end up with a habit of posting something positive at least 4-5 times a week. 

So, my new goal is to also post them on Pinterest. 

Below are a few recent favorites I loved this week. 

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