Inspirational quotes are everywhere. They're on your graduation invitations, on your professor's wall, and on your Starbucks cup. Apparently they're meant to inspire you, but to do what, and why? As I'm going to show you, inspirational quotes are mostly full of shit. Here's a fun quote I'll be ripping apart:
"If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. I would go to more dances. I would ride more merry-go-rounds. I would pick more daisies." -Nadine Stair
" I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall."
What would compel her to want to spend more time barefoot? The only thing I can think of, is that Nadine Stair was a kinda-hippie. Not a fully-fledged hippie, a kinda-hippie. Also known as a sorta-hippie and an almost-hippie. She probably smoked pot and protested the war, but she wasn't quite into the whole vegetarianism and barefoot aspect of hippyism, and was thus shunned by the hippie community. What she wouldn't do to just have their respect
"I would go to more dances."
"I would ride more merry-go-rounds."
I'm actually going to give Nadine the benefit of the doubt on this one. If she wants to spend hours on end ripping daisies out of the ground, go for it. But that's probably another reason the hippie community never accepted her: her thirst for the constant slaughter of helpless daisies. They can't even bite you in self-defense. She could have at least said, "I would pick more thistles." Then she would at least have to fend off the thorns.