What are they and why are we so drawn to them? Famous people such as Paulo Coelho, Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Seuss, and even Albert Einstein left us their legacy of words in hopes to inspire change for the better, on a grand scale as well as on a personal level. The thousands of inspirational quotes are meant for that, to inspire those who feel connected to the words expressed in them and to lift the perspective some people may have of themselves and their surroundings, leaving some wishing and dreaming for better times.
Truth is, inspirational quotes are nothing but words fixed in a fancy way to make a sentence, making us realize that wishing and dreaming, alone, will not always get us somewhere. Instead, these “placed in the right place” words leave it up to us to make them come to life, giving them true power and meaning.
Each of these quotes and more, as the list is very extensive, are bright beautiful, but they hold no true meaning if those who feel connected to these or other quotes don’t make justice for them.
We can fantasize with what we think the meaning of these words is, yet reality shows us a different side. What it shows us is that we cannot hang by the strings of our dreams, hopes and wishes, forever, that we have to go out to the world.
We have to take chances, look up if we fall, stand up and keep going. We cannot hold to our past misfortunes, we have to fight, we have to, as Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “…keep moving forward”. For as small as the steps we take may seem, each one will help us get where we want to reach. Exposing ourselves to the world, being part of something, taking (even small) chances, will be giving them the real power these words are meant to evoke.
What are some of your favorite quotes and why?