That's because they're powerful. When you're suffering, or you're frustrated, or you're in love, or you're unmotivated, or you don't know how to express something, or you're craving a laugh, or you just feel stuck — sometimes reading a choice quote that somehow captures precisely your thoughts or feelings in a way you haven't been able to articulate is exactly what your brain needs.
It's that feeling of "YES — that's just it!" that a poignant quote offers, a mini-euphoria unavailable from other remedial pursuits like eating, drinking, watching TV, working out, or doing something stupid or risky.
Anyway. If you're in a situation in which you need some hardcore inspiration, give these 10 inspiring quotes a browse — they've each helped me in the past:
Don’t focus on the future. Focus on what you can do right now that will be good no matter what the future brings. — Leo Babauta, Zen Habits
If they ask you to stand still, you should dance. — Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin
So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard. — Caterina Fake, co-founder of Flickr
Give me a place to stand, and I will move the world. — Archimedes
You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That's the only thing you should be trying to control. — Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love
You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. ― Jack London, The Call of the Wild and White Fang
Who would want a static life anyway? Particularly in our age of flux, standing still leads to obsolescence. — Robert Safian, "From The Editor," Fast Company July/August 2014
Do something everyday to remind this city why the hell you’re here. — WRDSMTH
Good things come to those who work their asses off and never give up. — Anonymous
Unawesome? Unacceptable. — Scott Stratten, The Book of Business Awesome / The Book of Business UnAwesome
In search of more solid soundbites? Searching #QOTD on Twitter usually does the trick.