Quotes Are Made of Words…
(Tamzen Temple 2015)
So if you know me you would know that the whole quote thingy fascinates me, intrigues me, makes me laugh, makes me confused and makes me wonder about people I thought I knew when I see the random quotes they post that reveal an ignorance or an unsavory element to their personality.
(You would also know I love long sentences)
There was once upon a time when quotes were left for those who made their mark on the world. Presidents, philosophers, scholars and pioneers. We would relate the quote to great battles of the past, to signify a moment of hardship, to the struggles of nation, a discovery that would change the world or a pivotal moment in history. There would be a discourse surrounding these quotes that entrenched them further into a generation and created a united feeling
- Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
Winston Churchill (a while back about something)
They would connect us and inspire us together as a group, a family, a country. Taken from a speech or just snapped in the moment.
These short sentences or few words become an anchor for a nation and bound the belief system at the time. Of course not everyone was in sync when it comes to any political party but they could no doubt deny the power of the quote of that particular moment and the significance it held.
“Ask not what what your country can do for you,: ask what you can do for your country.”
JFK (a few decades ago)
“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
Neil Armstrong (doing the moonwalk)
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
Martin Luther King JNR (Washington in the 1960s)
Some made us think and bring warm fuzzy feelings..
“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”
“Fun is good.”
Both by Dr Seuss
Now I have to reveal that for some reason there is no better quote for me, no more meaningful one than a Chinese one. I think it’s the whole wisdom of Confucius as he was so the original quoter…
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
Confucius (a very long, long, long time ago)
Hang on…. WTF does that even mean? There must be more to that quote that I’m not seeing. I’m confucioused…. I’m sure I’ve seen better ones from him in fortune cookies… Anywho…
There is the journey quote.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
Lao Tzu (about mid goatee growth)
This is true Mr Tzu, but a journey to the fridge for champagne begins with a single step or me yelling to Micko the Guru to “pour me one.”
Although in my younger years after a wild night, the front door from the taxi seemed like a journey of a thousand steps, and rolls… Maybe if quotes are ancient we can tear them apart easier.
(No disrespect to any of the above quoters as they are all awesomely amazing)
Anything anyone says can be a quote but there are some that will never be printed with a backdrop of a lush rain forest, a rainbow or blue sky and posted on Instagram.
They provide no real level of intelligence or compassion and don’t give hope for the future generation or any solution. They are just stupid ridiculous words and will only be remembered with a distaste and sadness.
“Jesus didn’t say yes to everyone. I mean Jesus knew that there was a place for everything and it is not necessarily everyone’s place to come to Australia.”
Hey but why do I only have men….?
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”
Or this saint.
“I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.”
It appears to me that although there are modern quotes none of them meet the absolute intent of those who have lived in the history they were created in.
I often see quotes of long ago sprawled on brick walls in graffiti style but many don’t even know the origins of them. What has happened to giving credit to the quoter? People occasionally post quotes on the back of toilet doors but do so without the any knowledge of what the words really mean. Quotes change in this ‘new’ context that may be far away of the heart and soul of their creator.
Those who share these quotes without the intent behind them share them only with the emotion they may be feeling at the time. All they know is it resonates with them in that particular moment so they share this connection they feel from it in anyway they can. A tattoo, in a diary, in a text, on Instagram, Facebook and it may be paired with an irrelevant picture, have bad spelling and have a fancy font to make it more appealing to repin…..
With social media, quotes are becoming a festy infection that have made the great words of yesteryear invalid, forgotten. Like hairspray and perms of the 80’s they are oversprayed and each end up looking much the same. They are mostly one dimensional and don’t really mark a moment in history but a segment of the the week or coffee craving. A quick quote fix to get through the day.
The ‘I survived’ quote makes me cringe the most….
“I was belted as a child and now I have respect.”
“Karma will get those who f*&% me over and from the crap they gave me I am stronger.”
Here’s a quote from me.. “Wadda? Why? Please seek counselling or talk to a friend or me rather than quoting your obvious pain.. ”
They haven’t moved on from the past they are either crying out for help or hoping the person who hurt them will see it but this is probably unlikely as surely they aren’t on their friend list……
No longer left for great figures to inspire, quotes are…… I use the cliche… created by every man and his dog. Actually there are probably dog quotes.. hang on a sec and I’ll find you one..
OK I just made that one up.. with the whole Depp Australian Saga.….
Quotes have become instructional, they can describe personalities and unrealistic hopes for the future…
They are often just statements like:
“Act like a boss….”
“I need coffee and a billion dollars..”
Well that one could be true… Both by Anon… who is this Anon dude? He or she have created a billion quotes and have a whole a lot to answer for and why do so many forget to reference a world leader but add the Anon tag of a non person who was probably some drunk guy at the local pub who forgot his own name?
This whole craziness to quotes have lead me to become an anti-quoter…
If you liked that one you should join me at Instagram where I am freaking hilarious… type in the hashtag…..
I could not let this whole post go on without directing you to Part Two of the Quote Series from The Temple.
Here’s a review: “Possibly one of the funniest things I have ever watched. This Tamzen Temple is an undiscovered superstar who is a genius with her exploration of the impact of social media in society.” Norman Hale. Founder of Binipula (The latest social media sharing concept)
Oh just watch it and if you have problems viewing the video just go to the original Temple TV (youtube) to watch. It will be on Facebook this week so go and tag an overquoter…… or you can share direct through the icons below.
I’m sure your grandchildren will regram my work one day but in the meantime I will leave you with this…
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing”
What’s your favorite quote? Are you a quoter? Does my hair look messy in the video?? Do you think I should have chicken or steak tonight..? I’d love you to tell me all these things so scroll scroll down to let me know.
Peace and Ommm from the Temple.
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