If there’s one thing everyone should have in their arsenal, it’s a collection of quotes that can be used at a moment’s notice. While this may seem superfluous, it is just the opposite. As it happens, I was once asked what my favourite quote was in a job interview and without hesitation, shared Francis Bacon’s “It’s all so meaningless, we may as well be extraordinary.” I’m almost certain it landed me the job.
Job interviews aside, a good (and appropriate) quote is one of the easiest things to whip out in a conversation to an acclaimed response. I’ve quoted Mark Twain’s “the coldest Winter I ever spent was a Summer in San Francisco” to the same amused reaction too many times to count – it never gets old.
Below are some other favourites along with tips/scenarios for best practice:
“Cock your hat. Angles are attitudes.” – Frank Sinatra (If a friend is wearing an unflattering hat and asks how it looks.)
“A party without a cake is just a meeting.” – Julia Child (Any point you are not in meeting, but haven’t been presented with a cake.)
“Though we adore men individually, we agree that as a group they’re rather stupid.” – Mary Poppins (60+ women LOVE this one.)
“You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” – Oprah Winfrey (Giving your BFF a pep talk pre-job interview/post-break up.)
“I will not be seen in fluorescent lighting without sunglasses.” – Mariah Carey (This is more so a life lesson for us all.)
Signing off in the hopes that one of these gems will contribute to a conversational mic drop in your near future.