Have a look at your Instagram profiles. If you have anything like the experience I have, you post a photo and a pile of almost instantaneous “likes” follow. Now, have a look at their content. My bet is many are full of little more than what we call motivational quotes.
I too went through a period of collecting such quotes. I would see one I liked and save it to my phone, laptop, tablet.
The more quotes I read, the more I liked and the more I saved.
After a while, it struck me that having saved them, I never actually looked at them again, read them or received any inspiration or motivation, but, I felt good because I now owned something special.
I am not sure why, but Pinterest e-mail me a couple of times a week suggesting quotes or inspirations I might like.
I have been meaning to unsubscribe.
So, why do we find these so compelling?
My thinking is, we like, save or share a quote because we feel it casts a good reflection on who we are, or who we want others to think we are.
By sharing a quote, we reflect a spiritual connection with the “whatever” and are representing ourselves as a new age, connected, caring human being capable of inspiring others, because that is how I want to be viewed, even if nothing else represents this image.
I have landed on a happy “quote” compromise.
I only keep a quote I am prepared to print and display for all to see. I display my inspirational quote in a way that invites discussion I can authentically participate in. This practice also exposes me to analysis of my behaviours in accordance with such a quote and therefore potentially also exposes me to criticism. Or to put it another way, am I being authentic to the quote.
I may also share via social media etc a quote I will print and display, but only those I will print and display.
Am I being a quote “gringe”?Do I have a case of quote fatigue?
What is your “quote” practice?