Start a Quote Notebook

Over the summer I took a Public Speaking class at my local community college. I have written previously regarding my experiences in the class, so feel free to read my previous article about the class. With this post I’m going to approach a different subject that I learned while taking the class.

My teacher assigned us a project that I at first thought rather boring. We had to write 25 quotes that we found inspirational, useful, or just plain fun. We weren’t allowed to type them up, we had to hand write them the old fashioned way. I had a lot of free time at work during the summer (slow cell phone sales) so I set to work. I actually had a great time with the project. It was fun to read through quotes and think of instances where I might use certain quotes for speeches or with family and friends in conversation.

Right after I began the project I found out that we could do an extra 50 quotes (75 total) for an extra 50 points. Not being one to miss out on an opportunity I delved deeper into the quotes and ended up writing over 80! I just couldn’t decide which ones to not put in.

Why am I telling you all this? It’s been two months since that project and I still find myself opening up my notebook and reading the old quotes I wrote down. I like them so much that I am starting now to constantly ad more quotes to the notebook. I also use the quotes if I am feeling down, dealing with a situation, or looking for advice to share with a friend. It feels good having a hand written source from the brightest minds in history!

I want to have over 1000 quotes gathered in one notebook by next year. Then, I’ll keep adding more and more as I get older, so when the day comes for me to leave this world, I can leave a notebook of handwritten quotes that affected my life to my family. I think everyone should start this practice. Worst case scenario you can pull it out during a party and at least keep people entertained for a while. 🙂
It’s easy, fun, entertaining, helpful, and FREE! Here are a few links to get you started in your quote search.

1) Inspirational Quotes
2) Funny Quotes
3) Business Quotes
4) Success Quotes

Also, don’t forget to write some of your own quotes too. I have a knack for coming up with catchy sayings and for a long time I just forgot them. Now, I use my blog, my journal, or just some scrap paper to keep up with them. Maybe someday I’ll come up with a quote book.

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“Do what you can with what you’ve got wherever you are.” Theodore Roosevelt

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7 thoughts on “Start a Quote Notebook

  1. Thanks for a great post, Mike!

    One of the quotes I like and discovered recently is this:

    “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so” by William Shakespeare

    It makes me stop and analyze things more often, instead of rushing into decisions based on the first impression of things.

  2. “It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” — Anthony Robbins

    “A man who suffers before it’s necessary, suffers more than is necessary.” — Seneca

    “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” — Helen Keller

    “I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.” –Thomas Edison

    “If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself- but to your own estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.” – Marcus Aurelius

  3. Great idea Mike 🙂
    I have a favorite quotes folder already, so I’m going to go pick one or two out.

    “A man has only so much knowledge as he puts to work.” — St.Francis of Assisi

    “Inspiration unused is merely entertainment.”–Anjeanette Y. (friend)

    “The tast ahead of you is never as great as the Power behind you.” (unknown)

    “Love talked about is easily turned aside,
    but love demonstrated is irresistible….” –Mike G. lol

    Okay, four 🙂 They are uplifting!