You Can Quote Me: 5 Creative Ways To Use Quotes In Your Everyday Life

Saikat Basu 05-06-2014

Words shape our thoughts…and then our reality.


In the next ten minutes, let’s use words to shape our creativity too.

Famous quotes hide powerful ideas. We have captured these wisdom of the ages in print and now with digital tools. Just check the number of websites that give us a daily fix of sayings and quotations 10 Websites For A Daily Fix Of Sayings & Quotations Read More . New ones keep sprouting up. Usually, we just give these little bytes of horse sense a second glance and a few more seconds of insight before it gets drowned in the noise of the day. Why not use their briefness to our advantage?

Here are five simple ways you can use the sayings of the wise and famous for your self-development, productivity, and of course – self-expression.

Spark Brainstorming

Goodreads -- Quotations

Brainstorming alone 8 Tips To Come Up With Winning Ideas When You Are Brainstorming Alone Two heads think better than one, but brainstorming is as much about individual problem solving as it is about the group. Here are some methods to build up a “storm” of ideas. Read More or in a group needs ignition. A spark to unclog the wheels. The right quote can rouse lateral thinking from its slumber. One of my favorite sites for a variety of quotations is Goodreads. If that fails, there is always Google Search.


Let’s say you are stuck with a decision-making problem. The right quote can not only motivate, but also help you break down a complex problem to its simple core.

Let’s say you have a customer complaint problem. A search through Goodreads reveals this quote among others –

“Thank your customer for complaining and mean it. Most will never bother to complain. They’ll just walk away.”

– Marilyn Suttle

This can spur a brainstorming session on creative ways one can thank customers for offering feedback.

An idea: Recognize the genuine feedback with a small complimentary gift or a most valued customer certificate.


There’s a lot of benefit in thinking like Elon Musk and his “First Principles” [Broken URL Removed] method. It breaks down every complex problem to its fundamental truths and reasons up from there. I highly recommend trying that exercise and using quotations to distil to the basics of any problem.

Use As Writing Prompts

Quote as a writing prompt

Writing prompts are an antidote for the dreaded writer’s block 10 More Websites That Help Cure Writer's Block With Writing Prompts Having a tough time writing? These websites will definitely give you the boost you need. Read More . Cure them with a nice quote on your favorite subject. Go hunting with Google Search or any other online quotation resource.

Maybe, you are stuck for ideas on writing an article on the new-fangled field of “growth hacking”. From the Pinterest screenshot above, you can take a quotable quote and turn it into a nice article idea. How about – 5 Tools Every Entrepreneur Must Use To Really Understand The Customer.


I leave further research to you.

Find Focus

Find Focus

Which tools do you have in your productivity toolbox 3 Ways To Stop Multitasking & Stay Focused To Be More Efficient & Productive [Windows] At MakeUseOf we have written countless articles on how to multitask. As it turns out, however, multitasking messes with your brain. Research shows that people who multitask a lot are "more susceptible to interference from... Read More ? An anti-distraction device maybe?

Using quotations for motivation is old-hat. Bring some focus to the job by tailoring the quote to the job. Idling over a project – find a quote that inspires you to find meaning in the work. You can quickly create a computer wallpaper How to Create Top Quality Computer Desktop Wallpapers Wallpapers are an excellent way to personalize your computer and making your own isn't as difficult as you might expect. Here's a simple step-by-step guide. Read More and let it be in your face as a constant reminder. Alternatively, you could just post it on Facebook to set up your positivity for the day. The mere hunt for just the right quote could help to put your mind in the groove.


Want your children to help you out with household chores? Find a quote that mixes funny with a push and use it as an “in-house advertising” for the everyday housework.

Humorous Quote

When You Have Nothing To Say, Or…


C’mon, we all do it when we really have nothing to say on Facebook or Twitter. Do it too much and it is guaranteed to annoy your social circle. Do it in the right doses and it could be a slug for an inspiring thought 5 Ways You Can Use Facebook To Help & Inspire Your Friends Facebook is a powerful tool. Use it to make your friends' life better. Read More in someone’s day. Facebook Likes and Twitter re-tweets will tell you about the fallout.

We also use quotes to convince and convert others on social media. If you have an online business (or any business), you can increase your Facebook engagement to viral levels with the right mix of photos and quotes.

Disney -- using quotes

Go to one of its entertaining uses – Disney uses images and quotes from its movies quite well for Facebook promotion. Forbes uses quotes to make the pause worthwhile before it redirects you to a page on its site.

Famous Quotations & Fun Tools

Recite This -- Use Quotes

Digital tools are having fun with quotes. Add your own creativity. Here’s a sampling of a few…

Calling For Your Creative Ideas

These are not all the creative uses…or the creative uses you can come up with on your own. For more inspiration, head to a place like Etsy or Pinterest and see the ingenious uses simple quotations are being put to.

You can just as easily use quotations in slide presentations (but use them sparingly), or in writing to drive home a point. But those are the mundane uses. Maybe, you are a tattoo artist who uses artful quotes, or a teacher who inspires a classroom of students with abstract teaching using famous quotes? Give us some ideas on how you can use quotations in your daily work.

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  1. Saikat B
    June 7, 2014 at 6:45 am

    Yes. Add-ons like Wisestamp help to do that. Doing it manually becomes a chore.

  2. Alan Ortega
    June 6, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    In signatures! I find using a quote along with my signature provides a little extra reminder of myself to those I engage with.

    Alan Ortega

    Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
    ~ Mark Twain