The Nourishing Power of Quotes

I have oft had cause to feel downhearted, for one reason or another, in the depths of Canadian winter. Brain functioning, pleasure, and physical energies all seem to plummet when the temperatures dive into the negatives and the sun is an infrequent visitor to the sky.

Thankfully, quotes from famous authors, thinkers, and philosophers are quickly accessible online for a midday pick-me-up. Powerful words put concisely can reframe problems, upset petty concerns, and derail negative thoughts. I generally prefer the quotes sans imagery, but that’s just me.

If you’ve ever read the books by Benjamin HoffThe Tao of Pooh and The Te of Piglet – you will know that A. A. Milne was an author whose main character, Winne-the-Pooh, captured not just children but adults as well. Quotes from A. A. Milne made me alternately smile and think (via BrainyQuote):

  • “You will be better advised to watch what we do instead of what we say”
  • “The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking”
  • “One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries”
  • “What I say is that, if a fellow really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow”


Some quotes, like this one from Jonathan Katz, made me laugh: “Scientists have found the gene for shyness. They would have found it years ago, but it was hiding behind a couple of other genes” (via BrainyQuote).

Others made me think: “Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are” – Soren Kierkegaard

Still others were enlightening in their use of analogy – take C.S. Lewis, a master of written analogies, as an example: “The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts” (via BrainyQuote).

So regardless of where you are, how you are feeling, and what you are thinking about, quotes are a ‘nourishing’ source of brain food that can also elicit a positive emotional reaction.

Do you have a favorite quote, one that never fails to make you laugh or cheer you up? Share by commenting below!


6 Comments Add yours

  1. williamvanhemessen says:

    Love the Pooh quote!

  2. Carrie Rubin says:

    Love the Jonathan Katz one about shyness!

    There’s a quote Dr. Phil always says, taken from Eleanor Roosevelt, that I love: ‘You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.’ Reminds me to not sweat the small stuff no one will notice anyway.

  3. marialegault says:

    Wow, what a fantastic quote, Carrie!

    I’m going to print that one off, frame it, and put it somewhere I’ll always see it – it’s truly so important to divest yourself of anxiety over self-image.

    Thanks for the share šŸ˜€

  4. Carrie Rubin says:

    I said that quote to my teenage patients all the time. They’re often so worried about what others will think, and I tried to remind them that most of the time those ‘others’ are more worried about themselves than they are about someone else’s clothes or shoes!

  5. You can not stop the waves but you can learn to surf šŸ™‚ Great blog post!

  6. marialegault says:

    Love the quote, Kirsten! And thanks for the compliment on the blog posting šŸ™‚

    Have a great day!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s