motivational quotes save lives

How Motivational Quotes Change Lives, And Even Save Them

motivational quotes save lives

I think we all know that incredible and addictive feeling that sometimes come with reading motivational quotes.

Euphoria.  Bliss.  Wonder.  Astonishment.  Zen.  Inspiration.  

I often like to call it the “wisdom buzz”.  (Funny enough, I got that term in about 1993 or so, when a local Toronto singer had a song on the radio, which I *thought* was called “The Wisdom Buzz”.  Only last year did I find that she was actually singing “The Wisdom Bus”.)

Either way, a “buzz” is not a bad term to describe that feeling.  

I got into quotes many years ago when I found a small pocket book of quotes in a store in Washington D.C.  I carried it everywhere, and pulled it out when I had a spare moment.  It’s basically what we all do now with cell phones.

I committed many of those 400+ quotes to memory, and they were DEEP substantial quotes.  Thoreau, Emerson, Montaigne, Seneca, etc.  Stuff that really made you think. (not the silly fluff most people like today)

After that, I began taking quote books out of the library and I’d write down all the ones that hit me with the wisdom buzz.  I read through quite a few over my adolescence, and collected several notepads full of quotes.

Why are inspirational quotes so great?

  1. They’re often the the very BEST, most useful thoughts from books, therefore, instead of reading entire books, you get the best chunks of knowledge, summarized into short pithy blocks.
  2. Instead of spending years making mistakes, you learn from the experiences of others…saving us from unnecessary or hard life lessons. 
  3. <Insert your reasons here> (or add them to the comments below)

Another aspect of this topic is just how much some quotes can change us.  Sometimes, there are aphorisms which hit us in such a potent way, they stop us in our tracks, and change the direction of our lives.

Have you had this experience?

On a side note, I find it strange whenever I see sticks-in-the-mud or negative-nancies complain about the motivational quotes that are all over social media.  At worst, the quote/saying inspires a person and makes them think more positively than they were before.  Strange, isn’t it?  Have you seen this pop up?

Recently I created a quote-pic/meme for my page that asked, “Has a quote every changed your life?”

I expected people would share experiences where this happened, and how their lives changed, but in a very strange reaction, 90% of the replies were them sharing the quotes that meant something to them.  And that’s fine, if they did indeed change their lives in some way; I just did not expect that, because that wasn’t what the question was.  You can see the pic here: 

And you can see the post/thread here:

I actually feel bad for not replying to anyone on there.  I am trying to be more interactive, but I failed on this one.  I did reply to one person. 🙂 


Emails I’ve Received Tell More of the Story

Over the years, I’ve kept SOME of the thank-you emails I get from subscribers to my thought-of-the-day by email.  Here’s just a few:

“This quote just came to me at a time when I am feeling attacked from the outside.
Getting it just when I did helped me to process through the maze…
Thank you, and I want you to know what you do does help. I needed this articular quote this day.” -Jo Anne

“I really appreciate those thoughts! I’ve saved all the ones that I’ve ever gotten from you and I also went to the website and printed out a bunch that I really liked. I’m laminating them and giving them to my brother to put on his wall in his hospital room” -Carmella

“Hi Shawn, Thanks for always sending quotes that really touch hearts, esp this one. I just turned 35 last Aug27 and wrote a life list. I want to try things I’m afraid to do because I might fail, like going into a relationship & settling down.  Reading your quotes made me realize my life was somehow structured and I have to do something so I can be totally free and truly happy. Last weekend, I conquered one of my fears & went snorkeling at Apo Island in Dumaguete. And for me, that experience truly summed up what you just wrote here: it was my moment. I owned it.  
Thanks again, and may God bless your loving & kind heart so you continue to touch more lives!” -cillevillamor

Hi Shawn, I get so excited when I get a message from you, what new motivational quote is going to inspire me today!!!  The Perserverance quote is up by my bed and has been keeping me going for a few weeks now.

Id just like to say thankyou for setting up Happy Publishing, the quotes that ive read have really helped me big time!! and im sure they will continue to inspire me. 
Thanks Briony

Hello Shawn,

I just wanted to show you my appreciation about all the quotes you’ve been sending me.
I don’t know how you do it, but each time, the quote you send is always in relation to my situation at the moment…
For example, today, i woke up feeling lazy to accomplish what i have planned for the day (and it has been this way for a while), and here are the quotes i got:

“Begin where you are; work where you are; the hour which you
are now wasting, dreaming of some far off success may be
crowded with grand possibilities.” -Orison Swett Marden

“It had long since come to my attention that people of
accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them.
They went out and made things happen.” -Elinor Smith‎

You always talk to me as if you know me, as if at the right moment, you know what i need to hear.
Thank you very much for being out there, and for all the support.
I just want you to know that the quotes you send me make a difference every time i receive them.

Keep the good work, i am sure you have motivated more than one life, and now you can add my name to you list!!!  
Best regards,  Francine

Thanks for your efforts Shawn.  They definitely are worthwhile for me.  I have been a member to receive your information since you began.  I have downloaded your books and printed them out and sent them to people in prison, those I knew with problems, etc.  What a joy they have brought to them and me. Joycee

Saved Lives

In two cases people have told me that a quote I sent out saved their lives.

In one of those cases, I asked to speak to that person privately, and I sent him a friend request, and I got some of the story.

To protect their privacy, I won’t get into too many details, but this young man explained that he had decided to commit suicide on a particular day.  However, there was a quote he read that day on which helped him decide to get help.  

Pay it forward


I love hearing people say they take the quotes I send out, and:

-forward them to their team’s email
-write them out on a board for a class to see
-forward them or share them in some other digital way

Why not share inspirational messages?  You never know who you might help.



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  1. I love your quotes- they motivate me each day. I do not always get to FB. I would appreciate if you receive them to my inbox please. Could you put me on your mailing list. Thank you.

    1. Sorry Charmaine, but the easiest way to do that is for you to just go to any page on my site & enter your info in the subscription box. I *could* do it for you, per se, but it’s not the greatest mailing host, and not so easy for me. What’s you email?

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