Meaningful inspirational quotes can be fantastic to positively engage with your community and fill your content calendar for your blog or social media lineup.
But you can also make powerful inspirational quotes to give yourself a little boost. Print an inspiring quote and prop it up on your desk at work or your vanity table at home.
To make powerful inspirational quotes you’ll need two things:
- inspirational quotes and
- good images.
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If you need to learn how to make your own powerful inspirational quotes check out my PicMonkey tutorial.
Before gathering lots of great quotes make sure you have a solid collection and recollection system. Most likely you’ll see a quote you’ll like but won’t turn it into content straight away so you’ll need a method to remember those quotes later.
This step is especially important if you are planning to regularly make powerful inspirational quotes and share them with your community.
Once you have found quotes you like, write them down. I have a page for inspirational quotes dedicated in my favorite bullet journal.
I love the Leuchtturm 1917 journal because it has page numbers and a table of contents to quickly reference the page with my favorite quotes.
If you like to organize your information digitally check out Apple Notes, Evernote, or Trello.
Resources for great quotes
If you are looking for inspirational, funny, or thought-provoking quotes, the following sites are great resources.
Brainy Quote – Brainy Quote is one of the largest and oldest sites for finding quotes. The site organizes quotes by popular topics, authors, and what’s in the news. It also features quotes from famous people whose birthday fall on a given day.
Ulovequotes – This site takes a pop culture twist. You’ll find quotes from Beyonce, Drake, and Kim Kardashian as well as Eleanor Roosevelt, Hans Christian Anderson, and Lord Chesterfield.
Pinterest – Creating a board of inspirational quotes on Pinterest is another great way to find inspiration and get organized. If you’d like some inspiration, you can check out some of my favorite quotes board.
Any book you’ve read or are currently reading can contain great quotes. Highlight or mark any quotes or passages in a book that you think might be beneficial for your community. If you would like to have a substantial stack of good quotes you might consider getting a quote book like:
The 1000 Best Quotes Of All Time by Paul Brown
Great Quotes from Great Women: Words from the Women Who Shaped the World by Peggy Anderson
Beautifully Said: Quotes by remarkable women and girls, designed to make you think by Pauline Weger and Alicia Williamson
Magazines can also provide a wealth of inspirational quotes. Flag magazine pages with interviews or reports of people you admire. General interest publications such as Time, Vanity Fair, Oprah Magazine, or Cosmopolitan can be super helpful.
But even niche magazines can work for you. If you blog about interior design a quote from an architect or designer in publications like Interior Design or Elle Decor might be perfect for your audience.
Lyrics can be another excellent source to find powerful inspirational quotes. You can compile a list of songs that have touched and inspired you. Lyrics.com has hundreds of thousands of searchable lyrics.
Maybe you’ve watched a motivational Ted Talk, listened to an uplifting sermon at your house of worship. Maybe your Mom, husband, or best friend has said something that struck a chord with you.
The point is inspiration can come from everywhere.
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No matter where you’ve stumbled upon a great quote it’s a great idea to write it down.
Where to find good images to make powerful inspirational quotes
You’ve found the perfect quote. Awesome. Next, think about what kind of image would work well with your quote.
You don’t have to be an expert designer in order to make powerful inspirational quotes. Check out my post on how to quickly create simple and inspiring quotes with PicMonkey.
Browse through Online Stock Libraries
- Unsplash.com has over half a million free stock images that are free to use for commercial projects (with some limitations – familiarize yourself with Unsplash’s terms of service)
- Pexels.com is another reputable site that provides a large number of images suitable for commercial use (limitations apply, please check out their license policy)
A word of caution regarding stock photography. Whenever you use somebody else’s image on your website, blog, social media, or any other product you share with others you have to make sure you fuly understand the license requirements.
You don’t want to accidentally infringe on somebody else’s intellectual property rights. Whatever site you choose to get your (free or paid) stock photography make sure you understand the license and any possible restrictions.
There are a lot of high-quality stock image sites available. Some of my favorites are:
- Adobe Stock – You can either purchase Adobe Stock images individually or sign up for one of their monthly plans.
- Creative Market – Another source for beautiful stock photography. Take time to understand Creative Market’s license agreement for commercial and personal use.
- Deposit Photo – Classic stock photo site with good pricing. Deposit Photo also offers individual as well as subscription-based plans. CAP TIP – In the past Deposit Photo partners a few times a year with App Sumo for a 24-hour flash sale. During the sale, you can buy 100 credits for just $49. That’s $0.49 per image and as far as I know, the most cost-effective way to get high-quality commercial stock images. Nobody knows if or when this deal will come around. But because I am part of several blogging mastermind groups where news of such flash sales spread quickly you can get first dibs on this awesome deal, too. Simply sign up for the free Creative and Practical newsletter where we share awesome amazing blogging tips, worksheets, and the occasional “super deal” with our readers.
An easy way to avoid issues with stock images is to check your own photo collection (like the Photos app on the Mac or the iPhone) and find an image you like.
You’ll probably be surprised how many good images you’ll have. Even if you don’t use a professional camera your smartphone images are most like good enough to create simple and inspiring quotes with PicMonkey.