Last Friday morning I attended a meeting of marketing professionals discussing best practices of social media when that overzealous person in the room (you know the one) randomly blurted out “I don’t need Mr. Quotie to provide me with a quote of the day. If I need a quote, I will find my own.” Little did she know she was sitting next to Mr. Quotie. Her comment made me smile and has led to my decision to repost the following from a personal blog site.
“May I Quote You On That?”
I sincerely enjoy reading profound quotes. I read and share them almost every day through email, LinkedIn, and Twitter. It is amazing how many people respond to these quotes. I recently read a quote from Jay Lund, the current Chairman, CEO, and President of Andersen Windows and the person who hired me when I worked at Andersen. His quote wasn’t terribly profound but it was significant because it reminded me that Jay gave me grief for using quotes in my presentations. Jay would ask, “Are you quoting others because you have nothing to say yourself?” Actually, it is just the opposite. By sharing these profound statements, quotes, I am saying a lot.
Quotes often inspire.
“I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use to being anything else.” – Winston Churchill
Quotes cause you to reflect.
“Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.” – William Feather
Quotes can be good reminders.
“Hot heads and cold hearts never solved anything.” – Rev. Billy Graham
My favorite quote to share is from Ben Franklin.
“The only way three men can keep a secret is if two are dead.”
Now, to Jay’s point, I have a few quotes of my own. They include…
“Anything worth doing is worth measuring.”
“Worry is wasted imagination.”
“If you ain’t first, you’re last.” Hold it, wait, that’s Ricky Bobby. Sorry.
Most of all, quotes are fun and you can quote me on that.