Way back when, in the halcyon days of POPse!, I wrote that “if a pound was donated each time a social entrepreneur quoted Gandhi, there would be no need to fundraise” (see here for more such slightly dated gold. Needless to say, people still seem to think sending a quote round is some sort of substitute for actually doing something (he says, blogging).
My esteemed colleague @CommonCapitaI reminded me of this with his pithy tweet recently, referencing the famous Margaret Mead quote:
“Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can overuse the same inspirational quote”to which I would add, “Indeed, they are the only people who ever have”
This got me thinking about subverting some of the others (with thanks also to @davidsocialsp), so enjoy. Please add your own below, as we fight this growing plague of inane quotage :0)
“Tweet the inspirational quote you want to see in the world”
– “give a man an inspirational quote, he can quote for a day; teach him to quote inspirationally and he can quote to himself for a lifetime; (social entrepreneurs will not rest till they have revolutionised the quoting industry)”
– “first they ignore your inspirational quote; then they laugh at your inspirational quote; then they fight your inspirational quote…then your quote wins”
“the reasonable man adapts to an inspirational quote; the unreasonable man adapts the inspirational quote to himself; all progress with inspirational quotes therefore depends on the unreasonable man”
“the best way to predict an inspirational quote is to create it…and then quote it”
– “successful quoting is 1% perspiration and 99% inspiration”
Yours cynically and jaded-ly….