I picked up a copy of The Little Book of Positive Quotations, compiled by Steve Deger and Leslie Ann Gibson, while roaming a Barnes & Noble in Stamford, CT. Quotation books instantly move us and allow us to feel something. Turn to any page. Look at any line. You’re bound to immediately read something that challenges you, that moves you, and that either affirms or negates your news and perceptions.
It’s always interesting to see how many quotes tend to get repeated from quotation book to quotation book – and how many quotes differ from one another. It makes sense that many quote compilers love similar quotes – that’s the sign of a great, insightful quote. But it also makes sense that we dig to find less common but equally powerful sayings that ring true and forceful. We each can use a reminder and a motivating quote to push us higher.
Many books quote other books or open chapters with a quote. It’s what we do – we like to write original material but we also like to link ourselves to great ideas or great people. Input in, output out. Writers are editors, too, filtering the information they come upon, such as quotes and handoff the few quotes they want others to experience and live with.
Will someone quote you someday? What will your quote be?
Here are some quotes that I came across in The Little Book of Positive Quotations. I hope they inspire or motivate you as they do me.
“The teacher is one who makes two ideas grow where only one grew before.”
“To be a champ, you have to believe in yourself when nobody else will.”
-Sugar Ray Robinson
“One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interests.”
-John Stewart Mill
“Wise men don’t need advice. Fools don’t take it.”
“Patience is the companion of wisdom.”
“A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.”
“It’s faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes life worth living.”
-Oliver Wendell Holmes
“Don’t find fault, find a remedy.”
“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.”
“Whenever you take a step forward, you are bound to disturb something.”
“You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.”
“The wise person questions himself, the fool others.”
“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”
“If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.”
“Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.”
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