Sunday Poser # 81

Welcome back to another Sunday Poser

This week my question is;

When you use a quote, what’s more important; who said it? Or what did they say?

For myself, the words are more important than who said them. Sometimes I even don’t know the one who’s quote I’m using, which can be a disadvantage because they may not have a stellar reputation.

But the words/ quotes that move me are always more important when I select a quote to use.

What about you? Does the quote itself is more important or you look for a person who can inspire others and use their words?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section or you can write your own post and link it to this one so that I can find it.

As usual, thanks of visiting and reading.



83 thoughts on “Sunday Poser # 81

    1. Thanks Suzette for sharing your thoughts. The words uttered by someone who’s known to everyone have a different impact then a person not many are very well known but they still have wisdom.


    1. I have only one problem with that, not being in touch with western media, I don’t really know who is controversial and who isn’t. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Paula

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  1. Words are important, but equally the person who said them. If I come across a quote said by a person who holds not so good reputation, I might be tempted to not use it, but few times words hold more power than anything else. At such times, treating words other than the person who said it helps.

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  2. Interesting, thought-provoking question. Both are equally important for me. If the words are phenomenal but somethings about the messenger is counter to the tone of his/her message I won’t quote that person. I think by using their words I’d be endorsing their attitude or behavior.

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  3. Agree completely, Sadje. When I select a quote for a message I’m creating, it’s always the resonance between the message and the quote that matters most. Often, I use quotes that are anonymous, as they fit best.

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  4. Ah, since I love quotes, it has to be the quote. I like knowing the person behind the quote too it’s interesting to see what was the perspective of the person that is quoted.

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  5. I think both matter. Sometimes, and more often, people draw meaning from a quote based the author’s reputation. Imagine this scenarios. If Adolf Hitler himself had said this: “The unexamined life is not worth living”, how serious would you take that. You’d first try relating what he said to war. But because we know it came from Socrates, a peaceful wise man, it stands out with a clear meaning in our hearts. So yes, the author of the quote matters just like the quote itself. I’m just thinking so.

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  6. I think it’s the words that are more important, not necessarily who said them, though that too can play a part. One of the reasons I started making cards was that those with lovely pictures had naff verses, and those with lovely verses had naff pictures. I sometimes pen a few poetic words for someone special in my hand made ones, but usually it’s just writing a greeting.
    Saying, or writing, the right thing at the right time is an art, especially when it comes to sympathy cards, something I don’t make and will go out and find one that I feel is specific for the person or family concerned.

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  7. When I look for quotes, I always search for words that mirror or expand my thoughts. If I can give attribution I will but often there is no mention of who wrote/spoke the words.

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    1. One point I want to add, Sadje — What I think, believe, and act, is my individual choice. However, it’s affected by the present scenerio and today’s thought leaders.

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  8. I’d go for what they say. It’s like the time I posted a very beautiful qoute from someone I don’t know. Those words were poweful themselves. But I guess the qoute would really mean deeper when the speaker had a good reputation too!

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