Inspirational Quotes: Terms of Use (OR Alternatives to Lack of Imagination) by Misha Lyuve

Nov 8, 2011

There was a time when inspirational quotes were refreshing and maybe even inspiring. But as one would get tired of eating even their most favorite dish daily, my dear social media junkies, I admit: when I see another inspirational quote, I’m close to experiencing nausea.

So here are a few thoughts

If an inspirational quote you read has in fact moved you to do something useful, or at least changed your view of life or enhanced your experience – please do share about that. After all Ghandis and Marin Luther Kings of the world didn’t specialize in producing easy-to-post-on-facebook inspiring quotations – those people lived some amazing lives: mostly because they did amazing things, not talked about them using someone else’s words.

If you indeed have a burning desire to share an opinion about a topic and you’re worried that you lack eloquence of a 19th century poet or whomever else you admire – give yourself a chance: if you were able to appreciate someone else’s words, with some effort you are likely to be able to come up with something decent that is yours. And even if you fail, at least you will get to practice.

If while reading, you bump into a sentence or a paragraph that expresses something about something in a way you can never say and it is dying to be shared – then just do so!

If all above fails, there is always an option of reposting quotes of others.

In the end, this is really not about the quotes. It is about trivializing life and devaluating wisdom. (Feel free to quote this).

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  1. Vlada

    Totally agree on quotes. They became commoditized and they often get misinterpreted when used out of context, especially in already fragmented social media conversations.

  2. Mericiana Howard

    Aloha Misha, I love your inspirations and was looking for the quote that would give me that Ah-ha moment ~ so I created my own vision that most people will say that this dosen’t relate to me but then it is difficult to express your experience of how art interacts with you as the ego gets in the way. We’re on the same page! Here’s my page of creativity of visual explorations put of exploring creativity. Happy trails to you.