Monday, September 3, 2012

"Quotable Quotes"

What makes a quote quotable? Why are some quotes easier to remember while others are easier to forget? Is it because of the words used? or is it because of the combination of words that make up the context?

Whatever the reason may be, a quote is generally the unique opinion or thoughts of a person regardless of rank, gender, age, beliefs or status. It symbolizes the various perceptions of life itself, based on specific experiences and what that person has learned from it.

Some quotes are funny, some are abstract, but most are sources of inspiration and learning opportunities. Most quotes are famous because of the obvious popularity of the person who said it and a lot of people value and fiercely "immortalize" it, but ironically that quote merely represents the innermost thoughts of that person: not for fame, but for wisdom.

Here are some notable quotes to live by:

 * "Imagination is more important than knowledge" - Albert Einstein

 * "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent" -   Eleanor Roosevelt

 * "Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential" -    Winston Churchill

 * "Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment 
        where excellence is expected." - Steve Jobs

 * "Chance favors the prepared mind" - Louis Pasteur

Some quotes are even based on a movie and my personal favorite, "The Last Samurai":

      Katsumoto: "Do you believe that a man can change his destiny?"

      Capt. Algren: "I believe a man does what he can, until his destiny is revealed."

Since we all have different perceptions and reactions to life's challenges and circumstances that we are surrounded with, we can all share them with each other and learn more in the process. We usually focus on knowledge and forget about the importance of wisdom, which act as a "guide" for our intellect and which matters the most.

After watching a film that had a profound effect on me, I came up with my own quote:

"All of us can be teachers, trainers, scientists, engineers or anything we envision ourselves to be. Each and everyone of us started out as students, regardless of gender, financial status and especially age. It does not matter therefore how early or late you started, the important thing is - you initiated the first step."

"No one's integrity is above the other, we should all live with mutual respect (Ip Man 2) since we all started without nothing - we will eventually leave without anything." (added my own :D)

"True learning starts with humility"

What about you? Do you have any quotes of your own? Why not share your "two cents worth" of wisdom? 

You will never know the extent of your influence or inspiration you could provide for others who need it the most.


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