Quotes: A second voice that echoes our thoughts, beliefs & claims.

If you spend even a short amount of time on social media you’re bound to come across a quote or two. I’m sure we could divide quotes into quite a few categories but to me, it’s really just three categories. Quotes that either motivate me, inspire me, or those that spur my emotions.

Mind you, I’m not referring to memes. I’m talking about quotes from influential and famous people, from movies, books, and the like, and from individuals that actually write inspiring words and place them on beautiful images.

Quotes can open our eyes and minds to understand truths and acknowledge things we might otherwise have missed. They let us see life from another, wider perspective, and in this sense, they expand our mind and awareness.

A quote can spur us to reflect as they may be applicable to a specific task or event occurring in our lives right at that time. Reading quotes can improve how we feel and change our mood for the better. Often a quote can offer inspiration for the day or week, and inspire us when our normal motivation has lapsed.

Quotes can act as reminders to focus us toward a specific goal or plan of action. Either as a short sentence or as several sentences, quotes are typically easy to memorize. As such, we can refer to them often and as we may be so inclined, share with others at appropriate times.

Inspirational quotes can remind us to see our mistakes and setbacks as great learning opportunities, and provide comfort that there is nothing that we can’t learn from. Rather than living in the past and recycling old news, we gain support to move past our regrets and learn from them.

Another reason we love inspirational quotes? They affirm what we already know (or think we know) about ourselves. One of the greatest human motivations is our desire to be able to both fit into categories or types of people, and to feel like we’re in good company (and, often, limited company) once we’re there.

Interestingly, scientific research has shown that motivational quotes make us feel the same as actually accomplishing something. If that is correct, then that could be a very, very, very bad thing.

Quotes, especially on social media can be quite distracting as there are just so many that are shared every day. I do value the ones where the person sharing the quote actually shares their own thoughts about the quote.

A good quote can be the heart of a compelling article, an interesting story, or a compelling speech. As such, good quotes help to tell a story and enhance the credibility of a press release, news story or speech.

Words that are crafted well can leave a lasting impact on us, while similar words presented by us can leave a lasting impression on others.

11 Reasons to Read Positive & Motivational Quotes

  1. Motivational quotes motivate, inspire and encourage.
  2. Motivational quotes energize and prompt you to take action.
  3. Positive quotes create optimism and hope.
  4. Motivational quotes give insight and wisdom.
  5. Motivational quotes offer hope.
  6. Positive quotes bring light and happiness into our day.
  7. Motivational quotes teach.
  8. Motivational quotes open the mind to see life in a wider perspective.
  9. Motivational quotes are mood changers.
  10. Positive quotes inspire you to adopt positive thinking and take positive action.
  11. Reading motivational quotes does not require effort.

*Credit to Remez Sasson, author of the blog post, Motivational Positive Quotes – 11 Reasons to Read Them at SuccessConsciouness.com.

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