I’m not one to have huge motivational posters and quotes up all over my room. I never have. We’ve all seen those clever little sayings on facebook or your grandma sends you motivational quotes via email every once and a while. They always give me a laugh or two, but then I’m on to the next thing.
For today’s challenge, I’m supposed to list my favorite quote. When I actually stopped and thought about it, I don’t really have one. No one quote or saying comes up mind or jumps out at me. I googled ‘famous quotes’ in hopes that maybe something there would stand out. But then I thought, it’s not my favorite quote if it’s something I just googled for a blog post. Originally I was going to write something we’ve all heard of at least once in our lives, something motivational, and chalk up this blog post as being done.
But what’s the point in writing something if only to check it off for the day?
I really don’t have a quote for you. Honestly. There are so many cute and catchy sayings or quotes out there, but they seem so trivial. I guess my favorite lines are from speeches from Presidents or famous historical people. Those have so much more meaning than the influences of today’s society. You can see the clarity of those speeches because you know what happened after the fact.
We’ve all heard J.F.K’s quote “ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country” or Patrick Henry’s “give me liberty or give me death”. Those lines are more than just stories or some history lesson, they are the shaping and molding of our country. Those quotes have the most meaning to me.
I’m a history lover, at times I think I should have majored in history, but I didn’t. One would also think I’d know more about history than I do, but that’s neither here nor there. Two books I’ve purchased and are on my reading list for this year are Tom Brokaw’s The Greatest Generation and Senator Robert Torricelli and Andrew Carroll’s book In Our Own Words: Extraordinary Speeches of the American Century. I’m sure I’ll find plenty of famous quotes and sayings in these two books.
What’s a quote you like?