One original thought is worth a thousand mindless quotings. - Diogenes of Sinope
So, technically by quoting that I kind of went against it’s meaning, but I think it suites my point nicely. I believe that people are told everything under the sun (good saying) especially under the age of the internet. We are given advice, quotations, cliches that help us understand what is going on, and how to deal with these things. Although, I do not believe this is a bad thing at all, in fact, I think it is great because quotes give you support, and, let you know that somebody has figured out your problem, or at least give you hope. This is great, its amazing actually. Books are also proof of the effect of living by somebody’s words.
The problem with this is that people just take these words, they post them somewhere, or they reflect on them, they say “ok, got it, I am not alone, this is great!”. The reason this is a problem, is the same reason I think the quote above is so unbelievably true. You have to still progress in your mind. You have to learn what the person you are quoting learned, you cannot just feed off their experience. I am a firm believer in this. I try to only quote things that I myself have also figured out, and to be honest that makes it so much more of a connection to the words.
So hopefully the next time you call upon another’s words, (this is a for myself as well), try to think if you really know what they mean, if you really get it, and you can say it yourself. If you can’t then isn’t that quote just pretty words?
*I’d like to point out that this is not a call out or an attack on anybody, quotes are beautiful, I love them, I truly do. This was my food for thought (if you will) for reiterating somebody’s quote as a picture, instead of something much more. There is a time and place for both, just know which you are doing. *
**By the way, you totally look great today, (just in case you still think I’m a jerk)**