Words are the most potent force on the earth.
Sticks and stones can break our bones, but words will break our hearts.
Ward Farnsworth is the Dean of the University of Texas School of Law and the author of Farnsworth’s Classical English Rhetoric. Farnsworth says, “people have an “appetite for well-expressed wisdom, motivational or otherwise.”
Word gurus influence our age. Songwriters have the corner on the world market. The greatest songs are comprised of a string of dynamic quotes.
Songs inspire and influence the world. Dynamic quotes also inspire people to greatness.
Some of the great quote artists were people like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Eleanor Roosevelt, C.S Lewis, Mother Teresa, Jim Rohn, Henry Ford, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Here are a few examples of their dynamic quotes.
“Believe you can, and you’re halfway there.” –Theodore Roosevelt
“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” –Henry Ford
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.” –Mother Teresa
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Jesus Christ
One of the most dynamic quotes ever worded was from Eleanor Roosevelt. Eleanor said, “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”
DYNAMIC QUOTES VALIDATE OUR PERSPECTIVE
Every writer has that moment they are reading and wished they had written what they read. Or they think, “I could have written this.”
When we read content that validates our perspective, we take ownership. This is the success of the social media rave.
Cancel culture is a perfect example. Cancel culture is famous to the left because it resonates with an audience.
We live in an age where our perspective validates all of life.
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. (Proverbs 14:12, ESV)
DYNAMIC QUOTES INCITE OUR PASSIONS
Yes, passions are high in this generation. And quotes invoke or encourage our passions.
Quotes from high-level leaders garner massive attention.
For instance, every day, we await quotes from the White House or the President. We also search our Twitter feed for the latest updates from one of our favorite word gurus.
Quotes validate our feelings and incite our passions.
Jesus went on to say, “To what, then, can I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to each other: ‘We played the pipe for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not cry.’
For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by all her children.” (Luke 7:31-15, NKJV)
DYNAMIC QUOTES EXPAND OUR THINKING
Quotes carry the seeds of change. A great quote expands our thinking.
A great quote can unlock a new product, shift a career, or start a world war.
Quotes turn the simple into the profound.
A quote also unlocks our creativity.
Albert Einstein said, “Creativity is contagious, so pass it on.”
Expanding our thinking or unlocking our creativity places us among the world-changers.
Christian brothers, keep your minds thinking about whatever is true, whatever is respected, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever can be loved, and whatever is well thought of. If there is anything good and worth giving thanks for, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8, NLT)
DYNAMIC QUOTES INSPIRE US TO ACTION
Amelia Earhart said, “The most difficult thing is the decision to act; the rest is merely tenacity.”
Quotes have the unique power to stir action.
A powerful quote shifts people out of their mediocrity.
Some people get caught in a belief system that keeps them in a rut. People get stuck in the wrong beliefs.
Belief is powerful.
I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. (Mark 11:24, NLT)
DYNAMIC QUOTES CHANGE OUR THOUGHTS
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you’re right.”
― Henry Ford
It is incredible how a quote can shift our mindset and alter our lifestyle. For instance, a lack of taking risks. Quotes inspire us to take risks. Without risk, we settle for the ordinary aspects of life.
“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” –Jim Rohn
Ordinary people do ordinary things and think like all the other ordinary folks. Ordinary is a disease.
This quote from Eleanor Roosevelt is a perfect description of ordinary folk. Eleanor said, “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”
About 25 years ago, this quote from Eleanor changed my life. I found my life resembled this quote — discussing others.
So, I changed my thoughts and began thinking about the things that mattered most.
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. (Colossians 3:1-2, NKJV)
DYNAMIC QUOTES CREATE PERSONAL GROWTH
Things that are growing are changing. And that includes people. Personal growth is never an accident. Personal growth is always intentional.
Quotes add value and personal growth to our lives. A dynamic quote reveals our weaknesses and empowers us to change.
Change is never easy.
A single quote reveals our blind spots and helps us to see things in a different light.
If we can see it, we can grow toward what we see.
All of us have no cloth over our faces. People can see that we have some of the bright and wonderful light that the Lord has. And we are becoming brighter and brighter, more and more like him. It is the Lord, the Spirit, who does this. (II Corinthians 3:18, WE translation)
DYNAMIC QUOTES UNLOCK MINDFULNESS
Quotes are personal. Inspirational quotes are not only timeless but are timely.
Quotes touch us personally, mentally, or emotionally. Quotes that are on-point alter our mindset and cause us to reflect. This is good.
Thinking about what you are thinking about is a key to being mindful.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2, NKJV)
Dynamic on-point quotes are effective because they are laser-focused. Quotes break life down into memorable portions.
Quotes are catchy and easy to remember.
The next time you are feeling uninspired and lethargic reach for some quotes from world leaders or read the Bible.
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