Feel-good quotes

One the things I hate the most is the “feel-good quotes”. The cheap, simplistic, hackneyed clichés that everyone will agree on and, because they are hardly controversial, they actually never get you to actually think about your life.

They either mean just about fuck all: “Dreams are free so free your dreams”. WTF?!

Or they are just catchy yet very empty sentences like: “It’s not about wishing, it’s about doing”. Oww, thanks Yoda!

The worst I have ever experienced was from the new deputy head of my old school, who I used to call Noddy, because he was gushing constantly. One day after asking me something, he turned around, thumbs up and said:

“Don’t forget to be awesome today.”

What in the name…?! I felt like I had just been drenched with wet, warm marshmallows: too sweet and sticking all over my body like pink slime. Argh, get it off me!!!

These quotes are usually found in the lyrics of songs by boybands, on the twitter and Instagram of heavily-gelled hair teenagers, fitness addicts and low-educated adults who seem to think these sentences allow them to hold some universal truth about the meaning of life. “I am such a philosoph!”

I should add another category, the ones who go by quoting famous people. They think it makes them cultured and literate. “Like Abraham Lincoln used to say…” When in fact you can find these quote-filled booklets in any souvenir shop throughout the world for less than £1.

I am arse? Yes! But an arse that is pompous too and does prefer sentences like that one: “If emotions are the sail then blind faith is the mast.”

It actually gets you to think about it so you can understand it. There will also be many ways to understand it. I understand it as an answer to “Follow your heart”, as opposed to follow your brain. I have noticed that knee-jerk reactions, blind belief and brutal religion come from people who are too happy to ignore what their brain might tell them and to act upon every single emotion they have. There is no restraint and certainly no common sense and sensibility, all in the name of following their heart.

There can be a discussion on such a statement and it therefore has more chance to be effective than the following I gathered. So insightful, some of them are, it’s delicious!
I can, I will, end of story.

Don’t wait for the perfect moment, make the moment perfect.

There are seven days in a week and someday is not one of them.

You must make a choice to do some changes or your life will never change.

Worrying is stupid, it’s walking around with an umbrella waiting for the rain.

Every morning, you have two choices: Continue to sleep with your dreams or get up with chase them.

Start the day with a grateful heart.

Be so good they cannot ignore you.

Collect moments, not things.

When something bad happens, you have three choices: let it define you, let it destroy or let it strengthen you.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Being challenged is inevitable, being defeated is optional.

Forget all the reasons why it won’t work and believe in one reason why it will.

Don’t educate your children to be rich, educated to be happy so when they grow they’ll appreciate the value of things, not the price.

It doesn’t matter how slow you go as long as you don’t stop.

We only regret the chances we did not take.

Good things come to people who wait go out and fucking earn it.

Stop wishing, start doing.


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