Why Do We Like Quotations?

Do you like quotations? Did you ever wonder why so many people are drawn to them? You can get blank journals with inspirational quotes, you can look them up on the internet, you can display them for inspiration. But why do we like them?

I think we like quotes because they have the power to draw our attention away from the stuff going through our minds and toward the things that matter to us. Here are some examples.

Quotes are Inspiring

I like one that comes from T.S. Elliot’s poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock .

“In a minute there is time.”

This quote is part of a longer verse, but what stands out about it to me is it’s a reminder that you don’t  need a lot of time to do something, something can be accomplished in even a minute.


Quotes remind us of something we want to remember.

Eleanor Roosevelt “You must do the thing you cannot do.”

Which to me says you have face things that are scary to you.


Quotes can be funny and make us smile.

Here is one from Benjamin Franklin. It speaks for itself.


Quotes Can Be Comforting

We can write them on a post it and put them somewhere where we need to see it.


Quotes Can Sum Up a Truth Succinctly

Many great quotes come from famous authors.


Some people even get tattoo quotes as a constant reminder. What are your favorite quotes?

Ernest Hemingway


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Published by Cherrie Ali

I live in Miami and I enjoy writing, traveling, dogs, and geocaching.

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  1. I hadn’t seen that quote from EM Forster before. There’s a lot I like about it – especially th sense that life will reveal itself to us and unfold when we relax our expectation about what ‘should’ be. Thank you ❤


  2. That Hemingway quote is great! I want that on a T shirt. One of my favorite quotes comes from the Tao Te Ching: “Put your house in order and await the will of Heaven.”


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