Tales of a City Girl

Smile – and the world will probably distrust the reason. My pet hate of inspirational quotes

There’s something about inspirational quotes that make my teeth ache. You know that feeling you get when you’ve bitten into something really sweet and your teeth go momentarily fizzy? Yeah, that. That’s what I get. They just get my goat.


Firstly, they don’t really say anything, you know? They’re not answers to life’s foibles, they’re rarely funny, or head-scratchers. If you see them on somebody’s wall, they’re inevitably in curlicue writing -probably in soft colours, like the colour of Refreshers.

Also, I know I’m reading into this a wee bit too much, but if someone said an inspirational quote to me to try and make me feel better when I’m feeling down, it wouldn’t make me feel better.

I wouldn’t be sitting there thinking ‘YEAH. Words can’t hurt me! At least someone isn’t throwing a stick at me! Or a stone! That could really hurt. At least someone is just being an arsehole with their language!’.

Here are a few of my least favourite quotes –

‘Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and you cry alone.’ Nope. Not always true. Laugh on a tube/coffee shop/bar on your own, and the world will not flock to you. The world will change seats to get away from you, you maniacal laughter devil. Plus, screw you. I’ll cry if I want to. Thanks for making me feel worse by making sure I cry on my own.

‘When life gives you lemons, make lemonade’. What are we saying here? If life throws me something bitter, I need to what? Squeeze it into something sweet? You don’t just squeeze a lemon and delicious lemonade comes out, you nit. I just don’t get what you’re suggesting I do here.

‘You were given this life because you’re strong enough to live it’. Ominous.