Whether it’s Jim Rohn (motivational guy), Chuck Palahniuk (author) or George Carlin (if you don’t know who he is you’re either 10 years old or living under a rock) I can never get enough of the truly inspirational quotes.
I’m not talking about the catchphrases that come and go every couple of months; those really don’t count. They’re temporary and are designed to catch attention, not inspire.
I’m talking about the really inspirational quotes you hear from known and unknown people alike, like:
“Opportunity dances with those who are already on the dance floor.”
– Jackson Brown
“If you really want to do something you’ll find a way; if you don’t you’ll find an excuse.”
– Jim Rohn
Those are the motivational quotes I like to run across and print out or plaster on the wallpaper on my desktop (right next to a picture of the angel Avacyn with my goals superimposed on it).
I have a couple of “main” sources for finding the gems of inspiration. First and foremost has been i can read (http://icanread.tumblr.com). You’ll recognize a lot of these – most of what I post to Facebook (assuming you follow me there) comes from this site.
Second place I find awesome inspirational quotes is The Chive. Yes, the same site that has Motivational Monday, Daily Afternoon Randomness and some awesome photography also has inspirational quotes (as well as funny captions).
But this morning at about 6:15am when I started writing this I ran across what’s destined to be a favorite blog of mine to read – “Better Living Through Pithy Quotes“. Penned by Sophia Dembling this blog is the critical way to look at motivational quotes. In a small sampling of entries from the blog she has a smackdown between Carl Jung and Hermann Hesse, argues with Audrey Hepburn and quotes Ricky Martin (that Ricky Martin). Tell me that’s not a trifecta of awesome. The only thing that could have made it better was if she could somehow have worked bacon into the discussion (because bacon makes everything better).
If you’re interested in a discussion of the legitimacy of living your life by some of the motivational quotes you find Sophia’s blog is definitely one you’ll want to check out. Next to The Paul Gillespie Experience, of course.
What are some of your favorite quotes and where do you find them?