The other day I was captivated by four little words I’d painted on my wall. Just a simple quote:
Live loved Live free
I just stood there staring at them appreciating the beauty of their artistic form and meaning.
But then, I started to question why.
Why was I captivated by them?
Why would I paint those words on my wall?
Why would anyone paint words on their wall?
What is it about quotes that people love so much?
We can buy just about anything, from mugs to pillows, with our favorite quote on it.
Why do we love those particular words?Live loved Live free Click To Tweet
Our favorite quotes encourage us
Life can be very trying and tiring. Things don’t go as planned and we get discouraged.
But we don’t want to be discouraged. So we find words by others to help—quotes.
We choose just the right words to re-encourage ourselves where we know we need it. They cheer us on, telling us we can, we are able, get up again, you can do it.
Tough times never last, but tough people do. ~ Robert H. Schuller
Life is tough, my darling, but so are you. ~ Stephanie Bennett-Henry
Our favorite quotes speak to us
We find the words of others to validate us and our humanity. We need them to silence the lying voice of shame that tries to keep us down.
We let them tell us we aren’t alone. There are others who’ve been through whatever we’re dealing with and it feeds hope in us.
Everyone falls down. Getting back up is how you learn how to walk. ~ Walt Disney
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. ~ Arthur Ashe
Our favorite quotes remind us
There are things we want to do, or a way we want to be, and to make those things a reality—we need to be reminded.
Everyday life can be extremely distracting and we forget important things we want in our lives. We need to be reminded of what we are aiming for with words that make us go—yes!
Live well, Laugh often, Love much. ~ Bessie Anderson Stanley
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. ~ Ian MacLarenBe kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. ~ Ian MacLaren Click To Tweet
Our favorite quotes empower us
The world we live in can be quite draining and negative. Things happen and are said that drag us down.
We beat on ourselves when we fail our own expectations or others say mean things. Those negative words tear away at our value and hinder our abilities. Wounds in our soul that have yet to be healed are broken open by a situation and we find ourselves emotionally bleeding again.
We need words that declare our inherent value and power.
Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are. ~ Marilyn Monroe
Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve. ~ J.K. RowlingAnything's possible if you've got enough nerve. ~ J.K. Rowling Click To Tweet
Our favorite quotes comfort us
We all deal with pain. It doesn’t matter if the pain is physical or emotional we need comfort. Emotional pain requires words that hug.
We are all broken. That’s how the light gets in. ~ unknown
A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words. ~ Shania Twain
Words are powerful. They carry life or they carry death.
Our favorite quotes bring life to us.
They encourage us, speak to us, remind us, empower us and comfort us.
So what do YOU think?
- Which of the five do you relate to the most?
- Did I mention one of your favorite quotes? If not, what IS one of yours? Let me know in the comments.
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