Wrong inspirational quotes

Thanks to the Internet, people can take a quote, slap it onto some fancy background, and then it becomes inspirational. The thing I hate about “inspirational” quotes is often time they are taken out of context or they’re just plain wrong. Here’s some inspirational advice that is just plain wrong.

If you can’t be positive, then at least be quiet. – Joel Osteen

The problem with this is that people will use this quote and block out any and all feedback that isn’t positive. No one can point out to the Emperor that he really doesn’t have any clothes.

If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.

Guess what? Some stuff is easy.  Not everything, but sometimes things just work out quick and easy.  And also, not all challenge is guaranteed to result in change (which I think people clinging to this quote expect).

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals; adjust the action steps. – Confucius

I hate it when people misinterpret “impossible” to mean “difficult”. If something is the literal definition of impossible, you can’t do it. Also, there’s a balance of time and effort against payoff.  Can a non-US citizen become President of the USA?  Sure. Just go ahead and campaign for the Constitution to be amended, have Congress pass it, and then ratified by 2/3 of the States, and then win the presidential election.  Or maybe your time would be better spent becoming a US citizen and then a Senator.

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.

First of all, you can balance without moving. And second, when people need to balance life, they usually need to stop doing things to get back into balance.

No great leader in history fought to prevent change. – John Maxwell

Yup, stupid Lincoln and his wanting to keep the US all one nation. The guy hates change!

In the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take.

If I asked a person who got caught in adultery, hopefully say they regretted the chance they did take.  People who’ve had the Perkin’s Sunrise Breakfast Burger surely regret that chance.

Many of these quotes I could’ve dove in deeper and write a huge post about, but I tried to keep it short and simple.

What “inspirational” quote do you find to be wrong?


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