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I’m a quote person – one of those people who’s always looking for unique words of wisdom to describe her life. While most of the time, I’m one to create my own mantras, very often someone else has already said what I’m trying to express. Lines from books, movies, or even song lyrics can contain interesting tidbits or insights that make me think, reflect, or just generally reassess my lifestyle. Quotes have a way of getting under your skin and the ones that agree with your internal ideals end up being the ones that stick with you and reaffirm what you believe. Why are quotes important things to read when times get tough or you just need some inspiration?

When I go through a new stage of my life, quotes can be a comforting vehicle that draws me toward the challenges that lie ahead. One of my favorite quotes is by a man named Horace Walpole: “The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.” I found the quote written on a tea bag and found it interesting, so I’ve always kept it in the back of my mind. There are just certain lines that never leave your thoughts and end up being “mantras” that you follow. Maybe you’re a “go with the flow” type of person like I am and are always thinking something along the lines of “just keep truckin’.” While you might not necessarily associate that with “quotes” and words that other people use, that IS a life mantra that you follow. Even if you’re not putting these quotes into words on paper, they’re still lines that you follow – an internal morality that keeps you going, despite any troubles that arise. Living through wise words, anecdotes, and the ideas of others that work is always a good plan to live by, as long as you’re also able to form your own opinions first.

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What exactly is a quote, anyway? An inspirational line, in my own words, is one that enters your mind and never leaves – a group of words that leaves a lasting impression in your life. For example, in my life, I believe that the “yin and yang” are necessary for gaining a balanced perspective on events. A quote by the Taoist philosopher Lao Tzu puts my life goals into better words than I ever could: “So sometimes things are ahead and sometimes they are behind; sometimes breathing is hard and sometimes it comes easily; sometimes there is strength and sometimes weakness; sometimes one is up and sometimes down. Therefore the sage avoids extremes, excesses, and complacency.” It might sound hokey at first, but using quotes like that one to describe my life makes it easier for me to convey to others what my values are. It can be hard, especially for non-writers or people who just don’t think that way, to express their thoughts in a coherent manner unless someone else takes the reigns. Everyone uses some sort of way to communicate with others and wants to be understood. Keeping that in mind, quotes in any medium are the perfect way to compartmentalize these thoughts into bite-size pieces for others to digest. If you’re at a loss for words, there’s always someone else there to pick up where you left off.

Where do you start when trying to find good quotes? The internet has a ton of ways to find exactly what you’re looking for. For example, if you’re interested in life quotes, this site right here is perfect. There are all different types of sub categories on most websites that have topics such as “love,” “aging,” “giving up,” and “being yourself,” etc. all laid out for you in one handy area. If you’re interested in reading, novels are a great resource to use to get a handle on your ideals. As for another medium, music that’s particularly strong lyrically (ie. Common) can be interesting to listen to and pick out themes that are relevant to every day life. If what you’re looking for is a visual media, there are also many television shows that deal with intense issues and value systems that say some incredible lines. You hear interesting quotes in every day conversation – anyone could be a quote-maker if they just looked into themselves and realized that they have something important to say. Think back to the last time you came up with a brilliant idea or thought. Did you write it down? Start recording your thoughts – those could be your life mantras or ideals right now!

In general, quotes are a way of life – they permeate the world with compartmentalized mantras that are the values, wisdom, and ideals of many. Even listening to your friends chat or watching the news, you could find that you’re internalizing some lines you hear in every day life. Those are your values and are important for your life. Using wisdom from others to live is a strong way to be, as long as you’re staying true to who you are. Sisters, write down your thoughts and be inspired by others – how else are you going to live your life unless you engage in it?

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