Quoting the Quotes

Ever since I reached the age of understanding, I have been interested in quotes loaded with significance.  I’ve always found solace in noting down inspiring words from the hundreds of people whose dreams, beliefs, and work I admire. In the past few years, and especially through the effect of social media, the subject of ‘quotes,’ has become rather popular. Even though I like the fact that ideas, which have been garnered through experience, are spreading and burning a light in so many people’s minds, it’s also very obvious that there is a lot of serious pollution. We’re talking about a situation with incorrectly pairs of quotes and sources, much like a badly produced puzzle (I recommend Quote Investigator to anyone who wants to avoid such a situation). We could say that the idea itself is important and not who said it, but that’s where we get to the real reason behind this post.

I wonder if we fulfill those quotes in real life as much as we admire and share them. Wouldn’t realizing those inspirational sayings mean that we identify with certain parts of it and then make concrete personal changes (instead of just automatically applauding)?

In terms of living simple, there are so many stunning quotes written on a white background. Perhaps we’ve shared enough and appraised them with a ‘like.’ Perhaps it’s time to use what we’ve learned from those quotes in our real lives. Perhaps, it’s all about falling and getting back up, and definitely living.

The world is full of people who are great in theory, but fail in practice, let’s not become part of that group. Just like Einstein once said, “the only source of knowledge is experience.”



Translated by Feride Yalav-Heckeroth

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