Types of Quotes

Types of Quotes

Quotes are more than just words on a page they have the power to change your life and the way that you think about something.  Some are meant to inspire others are pearls of wisdom, and we could all do with a bit of that.  There is no shortage of famous quotes from authors, politicians, and the great philosophers of the ages.  We have famous quotes on everything from success, food, friendship, leadership, life, and everything under the sun.  But for now, let’s talk about the most common types of quotes.

Inspirational Quotes

Inspirational quotes are probably the most common quotes you will see. Mostly they are wise words spoken by great people relating to their experiences with life.  By reading these quotes, they are meant to motivate you and inspire you to do better and put you on the path to fulfilling your dreams.  There are valuable life lessons to be found in these quotes as well.

Quotes About Love

If you ever wished you had the perfect romantic thing to say to the one you love?  That is where quotes about love come in, rather than getting tongue-tied trying to be a poet then rely on the words of those who are far better at it than you.  These types of quotes are searched all the time by lovers or by people who are in love with the idea of falling in love.  You can send that perfect message to the one you love anytime you want to.

Funny Quotes

We are all overworked, underpaid, and completely stressed out; everyone has troubles they would love to forget for just a few minutes.  Funny quotes can help you do that; they can make you smile in the middle of a bad day.  They are fun to share with friends and family and to inspire someone else to have a quick laugh too.

Life Quotes

Life quotes are short little quips meant to emphasize the lighter side of life; they are very similar to inspirational quotes only they are not necessarily focused on success as much as seeing the positive side of life.  These types of quotes while they do inspire you, they are also meant to amuse and convey a cheery attitude and outlook on life.

These are the most common types of quotes that you will see, most of them will show up in your Facebook feed at some point.  Everybody loves sharing a good quote.

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Researching the Origin of a Quote

Researching the Origin of a Quote

We have all seen the memes that our friends post on social media sites like Instagram or Facebook, it is a beautiful quote attributed to someone famous meant to provide inspiration.  The only problem with them is that they are more often than not attributed to the wrong person or the quote is wrong altogether.  We live in the information age yet we still get famous quotes wrong all the time and researching their origins is harder than it should be.  So how do you find out who really said that quote that you love so much?  Let’s look at how you can research famous quotes.


Some quotes don’t have any attribution at all so it can be nearly impossible to find an author or original source for them.  Then there is the other end of that situation where a quote has been attributed to everyone and their dog so it is almost impossible to determine who said it first.  The reality is that a many famous quotes are misquoted by a famous politician, public speaker or the media and then it is even harder to identify the source.  This happens with Shakespeare all the time as Elizabethan English is changed into more modern English.  Here are some famous misquotes we all get wrong.

Where to Begin

The first thing you need to do when it comes to researching a quote is to try and remember as much of it as you can, and the wording does matter.  Although today with the internet it is easier to search with a combination of keywords and the topic to find the origin of the quote.  You can also search by author if you are confident in who spoke the words initially.

Now if don’t have the author just the words, you can always type them directly into Google and see what pops up.  Google is pretty good at finding the original quote though they don’t always get the original author right.  Most of the internet is filled with information put there by people who get the attribution wrong.


Probably one of the most reliable sources on the internet to find the origin of a quote is WikiQuote.  It is an online database of quotes from famous people and you can find quotes in almost every language.  It links to the source of information, most often that is Wikipedia.  You can add quotes as well but then need to have their citation sourced.  It will also show you how the original quote has been misquoted and how they came to be.

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