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Framed Quotes: They’re Not Just Words!

Updated on October 24, 2014

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ― Oscar Wilde

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.” ― Bernard M. Baruch

“You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” ― Dr. Seuss

Words are important. They build us up, make us laugh, cause us to cry, provide comfort, invoke anger. Words can bring us exciting news like the birth of a child or scare us when we hear of impending change. Yes, with words we can make a difference. And, as part of words includes quotes, it is no wonder that so many people collect them. After all, like words, quotes inspire us. They give us a mental boost that helps us get through a difficult situation, can provide humorous insight to the quirky things that happen and encourage us to be better people. This is why so many of us have framed quotes in our offices, hanging on our walls or perhaps even as bumper stickers for our vehicles.

Today, you can find many websites devoted to quotes from around the globe and attributed to people of every generation, both present and past. But what is about quotes and clever sayings that we love? Is there some special formula for coming up with that comment that will find its way to a framed quotes rack? Quite often, those quotes we all love and take pleasure in using, did not originate as a need for something to say for some distant inspiring moment. Rather, those quotes were made as part of everyday conversation or writing and made memorable because someone shared the statement with another person, who passed it along to someone else and so on, until that initial comment becomes a part of our lives.

However, there has been some discussion as to what exactly makes a statement quotable. In fact, some might even say there should be guidelines for making something a quote. So, if you are trying to create a statement that could be perfect for a frame quote, ask yourself the following:

  • Is the statement witty, pithy, wise, eloquent or especially moving?
  • Is the statement easy to recall?
  • How notable is the statement?
  • Has it already been said by someone else?
  • Is the quote about a topic that enriches the human experience? For instance, a quote about life, justice, love or bravery is more likely to be repeated than one about a more commonplace item such as furniture, sandwiches some other everyday element.

For those of us who love quotes and witty sayings, there is much pleasure to be found perusing a rack of framed quotes. We can spend hours meandering home design sections of a store looking for that perfect quote to put on the wall. And, rest assured, we will likely have a story or two to explain why we chose a particular framed quote for a specific space. But that’s okay. Just send us to stores such as Davlin's Woods or sites like Pinterest and let us read inspiring and humorous quotes to our hearts content. Don’t worry, we will be quite happy there!

Many websites provide additional information on the topic of framed quotes. One such site worth visiting is Davlin's Woods.

Janet Slagell independently authors articles for, Inc. for search engine marketing. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those solely of the author, and not of any other person, company or organization. No guarantee or warranty, express or implied, is made regarding the accuracy, fitness, or use of the content herein.


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