They cut to the heart of the matter. They put things into perspective, teach us something new—or challenge our ways of thinking. And sometimes quotes are the harbingers of change; they encapsulate wisdom that jolts us into action.
Some people can formulate ideas and express them precisely and concisely. Most of us lack this skill, but love to be stimulated and even challenged by a clever, accurate observation or thought. A daily fix of an ‘inspirational quote’ is not by any means a fatuous habit—the writers, explorers, poets we quote all have used or have been inspired by quotes of other writers.
But quotes and sayings carry much more than just meaning—they carry human experiences. We often we stumble across a bundle of words that gives us an a powerful insight into what the author must have gone through to reach that particular moment of wisdom.
After all, “proverbs are short sentences drawn from long experiences”, as observed Miguel de Cervantes. And he really knew what he was talking about.
As we reflect upon experiences of other people, quotes and sayings can serve as a learning tool, stir new ways of thinking and inspire to make plans and to dream. Sometimes the right verse, at the right time is powerful enough to motivate and turn somebody’s life around.
From expanding a genuine experience into a universal wisdom, to encapsulating a thought we have, an emotion we’re feeling or a truth we hold dear, quotes at their best can replace destructive and negative thoughts with positive ones and enhance life for the better.
As a word of warning though, just remember what Abraham Lincoln said: “the thing about quotes on the internet is that you cannot confirm their validity.” Or was it George Washington?
In this article we quoted from Helen Keller, author and traveller and the first deaf-blind person in US to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree, the poet Alistair Reid, the journalist and author Nury Vittachi, politician Jawaharlal Nehru and the poet James Russell Lowell.
For more, check out The Best Travel Quotes, Part Two and Part Three.
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