From the classroom to the restaurant to the bulletin board to the marquee, there seem to be a lot of people who like to post quotes. These days, quoting pretty much nearly always fits one of two purposes: (1) making oneself look deep and (2) screwing with context. How many times have you seen someone quote a popular figure and rooted the advice’s legitimacy in the fact that it was uttered by that person? Or apply a quote to a field the quote is clearly not intended for? Or seen a quote that just sounds pretty but is really quite meaningless when you actually think about it?
Let’s start fixing pointless Quotes of the Day and motivational posters. Let’s help people realize there is not really much gravitas that can be afforded to a quoting, and remind people that they shouldn’t blindly adjust the way they live to a quote someone made. Contribute something to such quote collections that points things out. Here, have some examples.
“I believe in one thing only, the power of human will.” —Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili
“John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith.” —Barack Obama
“Silence!” —Lao Tzu
“I keel you!” —Ahmed the Dead Terrorist
“No man has a good enough memory to be a successful coconut.” —Abraham Lincoln
“I did not have sexual relations with that woman, it’s not true! It’s bullshit! I did not have sexual relations with that woman! I did NAWWWWT. Oh hi, Mark.” —Bill Clinton
“Words build bridges into unexplored regions.” —Adolf Hitler
“Kids these days playing Pokémon Go, how they fail to question the nature of the world around them.” —Socrates
“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” —Minitrue
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” —Donald Trump
“Bituminous coal.” —William Barton Rogers
“I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening.” —Groucho Marx