What Sorting 300 Pages of Quotes Taught Me

In 2009, I started collecting the interesting quotes I came across into a word document.

I’d always liked quotations. Before having place to keep them, I’d write them in notebooks, among class outlines and on 3×5 cards which I’d then tape my mirror in high school; my “quote” board.

The first year of record, that document took up a single page. Nearing the end of business school in 2014 and 2015, each year spanned dozens of pages.

So now, over a decade later I have a repository of insightful, clever and interesting quotes from thousands of years of human history.

The master document also takes up over 300 pages now.

Last year, one of my pandemic projects was to organize my master quotes list into subject matter. I don’t know why this one ended up on my list of goals for the year because it was a son-of-a-bitch to get through. This was also before I realized I had several hundred pages worth of quotes.

It ended up being of great benefit however. As I reread great and noble thoughts, I was reminded of the accumulated wisdom of humanity, and the fact that it was acquired at great cost.

And now today, I can pull up a document filled with quips from some of the strongest minds in history.

What a world. What a life.

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