Quotes About Culture (And Their Impact)

Despite all of the importance of Socrates in the academic tradition, has any other philosopher had as much impact on contemporary American society as Marilyn Monroe? Or Oprah Winfrey? We’ve decided to make another category of quotes that don’t fall explicitly into either Philosophy, History or Literature but nonetheless had a major impact on the cultural landscape of the time or since.

This category will include quotes from actresses, thought leaders, and even fictional movie figures that have come to dominate the cultural landscape. The hope is that we, however, do not compromise on accuracy. Having said that, if we do, please contact us and let us know if the quote is wrong or mistaken.

Additionally, unlike our history and philosophy sections, within our cultural analysis of the quotes, we’ll depart from merely “objective” analysis and allow submissions to include a bit of themselves in the post (including what the quote means to them personally). However, if we become aware of any quote containing factual errors (be it with the date, attribution, or otherwise) we will not hesitate to update the post and include a notification on the relevant page of the error that has been corrected.

Finally, if you’d like to submit your own critical analysis of a quote, visit the contact page where you can submit your analysis.


Be The Change That You Wish To See In The World Ghandi

In the realm of inspiring quotes, few have left as profound an impact as Mahatma Gandhi’s famous words: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” This powerful message, though simple in its essence, carries deep implications for personal growth, societal transformation, and global progress. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the meaning and relevance of this quote, and how we can live up to its ideal in our everyday lives.

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Speak to Your Children as If They Are the Wisest Quote

Parenting is a challenging and rewarding journey that shapes the lives of both parents and children. One powerful quote by writer and blogger Brooke Hampton reminds us of the incredible impact our words and actions can have on our children’s development: “Speak to your children as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful and magical humans on earth, for what they believe is what they will become.” Brook’s quote (spoiler) highlights the importance of fostering a positive and supportive environment for children, allowing them to grow into confident and compassionate individuals.

In this article, we will delve into the background of Brooke Hampton, the meaning behind her inspiring quote, and its significance in parenting and child development. We will also discuss practical parenting techniques and tips, share real-life examples, and explore related resources to help you nurture your child’s self-esteem and potential. By understanding and embracing the essence of this powerful message, you can positively impact your child’s life and help them believe in themselves and their ability to make a difference in the world.

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I’m Not Telling You It’s Going to Be Easy, I’m Telling You It’s Going to Be Worth it – Art Williams

In an era characterized by instant gratification and seemingly insurmountable obstacles, we often find ourselves at a crossroads, teetering between giving up and pressing on. It is precisely in these moments that the wisdom of Art Williams, a man who propelled himself to great heights through sheer determination and grit, emerges as a beacon of hope. Williams once famously said, “I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.” These simple yet profound words encapsulate a hidden truth: the notion that the most challenging and arduous paths often lead to the most rewarding outcomes.

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Never Trust A Computer You Can’t Throw Out A Window Steve Wozniak

Steve Wozniak made himself a legend when he, among other things, uttered the quote “Never trust a computer you can’t throw out the window.” A feat that, prior to the advent of the personal computer, was nearly impossible. What’s all this talk about throwing a computer out the window? Did Wozniak even say this quote? We’ll talk about the veracity of the quote, Steve Wozniak and the personal computer.

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Best Motivational Quotes for Women

On this page we’re going to look at some of the most inspiring motivational quotes for women. Breaking from standard practice, we’re going to give a somewhat long form review of our favorite motivational quotes by and for other women. We hope that you find these quotes as motivational and inspiring as we do. While the quotes on this page may not all come for queens in the royal sense, they are all queens to us.

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Knees Weak Arms Are Heavy Eminem

The famous Eminem lyric that lives rent free in the head of all those who still use Facebook, the phrase “knees weak arms are heavy” is one of the most iconic lines to come from the most successful rapper of all time. From which song does the lyric come from? What was he talking about? And, if you don’t remember where you were on 9/11, who is Eminem? We’ll answer all of those questions and more on this breakdown of the iconic lyric.

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Good Morning Starshine, The Earth Says Hello

In 2005, the franchise known as Willy Wonka received a brand new line from the eminently quotable Willy Wonka when he uttered “Good morning star shine, the earth says hello.” If the quote caused you to do a double look at the screen you’re not alone. The quote is not one of Willy Wonka’s many sayings from the past 50 years and its origin may (or may not) surprise you.

Hint: it does not come from a piece of media made for children.

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Every Man Dies But Not Every Man Really Lives Braveheart

Mel Gibson’s famous line “every man dies but not every man lives”, as he attempted to rally his countrymen over the British, has had a sustained and long lasting impact on society and culture. We’ll give some historical facts about the character portrayed and speculate about why the quote has been so impactful in society. What does it mean to die? What does it mean to really live? Such sentiments may be outside the scope of this particular page but important questions for all of us to consider.

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If He Dies, He Dies Rocky IV

There is perhaps no memorable line from all five of the Rocky series than when Drago (played by Dolph Lundgren) says “If he dies, he dies”, as Apollo Creed (played by Carl Weathers) lay dying in the boxing match. Though many Rocky fans and younger Americans may think of the line as cheesy or preposterous in the present day, the temperament and undertone of the line are emblematic of how many Americans at the time viewed Russia, then the Soviet Union.

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The Difference Is That He’s Wearing A Hat Richard Feynman

Revolutionary physicist and father of quantum field theory, Richard Feynman was a critic of Religion at a very young age. Being forced to go to Hebrew school, he would be a constant frustration for the teacher as he would constantly interrupt the extravagant claims of his teachers. However perhaps his most insightful quote he made comes not from him directly but his father. On this page we’ll detail his father’s famous line regarding the pope.

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