A smart saying doesn’t prove anything.

When I put a quotation somewhere I make sure I know the person who spoke that particular quotation. It’s important. Just because a quote sounds smart doesn’t mean that one should accept it as true.

Quotes are statements. We accept statements only if it is supported by proof. Just because Ali said something that is cool doesn’t mean we should accept it. If he tested the statement and it worked, then we can accept it. One way of seeing whether a person is qualified to speak about the subject is by looking at the person and see if he is from the same field as the quote.

If the person who said the quote is not familiar with the subject in terms of knowledge and experience, he is talking out of imagination. Even if what he speak is true, we cannot tell whether it is true or not. Overall it’s better to look for quotes from people who practically know the subject and are already within the same area. It means we should avoid taking quotes from David Beckham on the subject of cricket game.

For example:

‘You have to know that as long as you love who you are – your morals, your values, that type of stuff, you’re OK’

Apart from the grammar, it looks fine, makes sense. But take a look if the person who said it is in line with the quote. It’s from Niki Minaj. If she is the right person we take moral advice from, I’m going to build a space rocket and leave this planet right away.

Check out another quote:

“The real strong have no need to prove it to the phonies.”

Super inspirational. But it comes from Charles Mansion, a mass murderer.

See this inspirational quote below. I’m so inspired that there is a bright light shining on my forehead:

“I believe in one thing only, the power of human will.”

Too bad, the quote is from Stalin. The bright light is gone.

And this is a quote from Mugabe

‘If you are ugly, you are ugly. Stop talking about inner beauty because men don’t walk around with X-rays to see inner beauty.’

A truly inspirational quote, if you see it the way I see it. But it’s not imaginable the person behind it. Thanks to a dictator.

Another great advice:

‘The pen, is truly mightier than the sword!’

Guess who? It was by joker.

Yes I know even the worst person says something good, it is good. But truth doesn’t operate that way. One should never accept anything unless it has been proved as true. Yes, a truth is a package that contains a claim and it’s proof.

As Voltaire also said that a witty saying doesn’t prove anything, quotes must be proved. Which means the burden of proof lies on the person who makes the claim. So if we are not clear about the person who is behind a quote, let’s not accept it before finding out who he is and if he knows what he is talking about.