Jean blogged yesterday about words she despised and that got me to thinking. Words are seductive, addictive things. They enrage people to riot, sculpt youthful minds, encourage the downtrodden, and heal the infirm. Words, no matter how they're used, pack a punch. Writers know that better than anyone. We struggle with active vs passive words, showing vs telling words. The only people who might not struggle are lawyers, who create legal documents with an appreciation for words no one can understand, except... well, lawyers.
How words are strung together whenever we talk or write says a lot about us as individuals. Words carry our voices into the future, whether on the page or in memories. The longing mankind has to be remembered is a common theme carried throughout the centuries, teaching us never to underestimate the power of language, storytelling or these days, the power of the Internet.
I've been collecting quotes lately to inspire and motivate me when I'm feeling low, or when I simply need a gentle prod. Quotes are a great way to jump start motivation and connect to people who, whatever they experienced, past or present, found the strength and spirit to fight their way back through the hardest of times.
Here are a few of my favorites quotes:
"If you are going through hell, keep going." Winston Churchill
"Do one thing everyday that scares you." Eleanor Roosevelt
"Never, never, never, never, never give up." Winston Churchill
"Energy and persistence conquer all things." Benjamin Franklin
Here are some favorite quotes I've posted to pinterest.com.
It's hard to keep going when times are tough. Listen to Winston Churchill. Never give up!
Do you have a special quote that comforts or motivates you? Do share! The more words we have in our arsenals, the better equiped we'll be to face life's daily challenges.