Using quotes in Social Media is a very common practice for many and is a great way to spread positive messages quickly. The Social Media Show recently ran into one very popular social media user who creates original quotes on a frequent basis to help inspire others. Meet Char Modelle. This Las Vegas model and writer is extremely creative when it comes to orchestrating powerful life quotes for others to enjoy and learn from.
Char uses platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to get her quotes out to the world. Many of Char’s quotes are short and simple yet all have deep meaning and deliver great intellectual impact.
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Here is a great article on “Why Quotes Are Important” taken from the following: SOURCE
A great quote is very similar to a great poem. A great poem can encapsulate a large web of emotions in a few terse sentences. A good poem is just the visible tip of a iceberg. Reader is forced to imagine the rest of the mass that rests under the surface.
Similarly, a good quote encapsulates an idea or a thought. It clarifies an idea in a particularly enlightening way. A great quote just is quite similarly just a tip of the iceberg. It gives reader the liberty to imagine the real mass that lies under the surface below.
The sad fact is that many people are too impatient to read quotes. Reading quotes requires much more than reading good long prose from the reader. A good quote requires the reader to pause to contemplate the real meaning of a single sentence or a few sentences.
A really great quote works just as it is. One needs not to know even who has said it and when. A truly great thought reaches a level of universality. Some quotes do require the reader to be familiar with the subject matter. Sometimes one needs to be familiar with the writer of the quote beforehand to understand quotes true meaning.
However, the really universal quotes do work similarly in Greece of 300 BCE or Finland of today. They hit hard into the essence of being human. Underneath all this progress there always still is the unchanged basic and bare essence that makes up a human.
However, normally people want to know who has said a thing and when. Our perception on the validity of any thought depends extremely heavily on the person and personality who has presented the idea. This is quite natural, because we must have some standard or filter with which we can analyze all different ideas that we do come across.
However, the dark side of this is that people all too often quite systematically reject all ideas that come from people on the “other side” without really bothering to examine them. For example, I did quote some ideas by C.S. Chesterton in some forum. I got angry responses from people who did not like me quoting things from a known theist. This is true, even if the ideas themselves had nothing to do with theism.
On the other hand the marvelous ideas of Bertrand Russell have been rejected by some people on the grounds that Bertrand Russell’s private life was not exemplary. It is as if all his ideas would have been contaminated by the quarks in his private life.
However, a truly great idea is a great idea notwithstanding who has presented it. The arch-conservative Winston Churchill has created several legendary quotes that I do love and respect, even if I am a strongly left-leaning liberal socialist myself. Winston Churchill was a drunkard also, but I do not think that this fact makes his ideas any worse.
The really difficult part in creating new ideas is not the creating of new ideas. The difficult part is making people listen to them and respect their value.
If I put an idea into the mouth of Marcus Aurelius it just acquires a quite new meaning and value, even if the idea itself remains the same.
So, in fact, we do inevitably value ideas by their presented more than by their real content. It is a fact of life with which one needs to learn to live with. There is a multitude of false quotes in circulation in the Internet. One should always be on guard for them.
In any case, a really great quote is such that it’s reader does not need to know much about the of context where it was published. A great quote contains an idea in it’s entirety, even if just a small of it has been written out on paper. However, the reader is forced to imagine the rest, just like is thew case with best of poetry too.
Collecting and appreciating great quotes is a quite different things than the quote-mining that is done by some unscrupulous debaters. Evil quote-miners search for little snippets of text that make the other side look bad in some ways, when the collectors of great quotes search for sentences that can condense an idea to a minimum amount of words.
A really great quote is really a prose poem that presents the essence of an idea.
A truly great quote does present an idea in a way that often illuminates it in a way that anybody can understand. The greatest quotes are hidden gems that lie the texts of the greatest of writers just waiting to be found. They are strikes of genius, where the writer has found a way to illuminate and enlighten an idea in a powerful or provocative way.
I am myself a great fan and collector of quotes. Readers of this blog have undoubtedly already noticed this from the postings presenting small collections of the best ideas of some philosophers, thinkers, scientists, writers, poets and wise men. These are published without comments; just as they appeared and they are always cross-checked for authenticity.
However, I would like to remind that I have another blog that is totally dedicated to quotes. It is called “Windows on Humanity” and it is at http://thelittlebook.blogs.fi There are selected quotes from some of the best minds I know of. They are also always commented by me. The comments are mostly thoughts that were inspired by the quote in question. They try not to be any kind of full explanations of the quotes.