Today’s site would have come in very handy between the years of 1999 and 2005 when I invested great time and effort in crafting the perfect AIM profile. Which quotes/snippets of inside jokes/sports team shout-outs/fonts would make me seem like an appealing instant messenger? I remember combing different quote websites at great length to find something profound but not stuffy: a quote that encompassed my life ideology (as a complex 13 year old) but one that was not yet tired or trite (“Dance like no one is watching, love like you’ll never be hurt” was not an option. Neither was “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” The worst one? “A good friend will come bail you out of jail, but a true friend will be sitting next to you saying ‘Damn…that was fun'” I hate that message. <—further evidence of me being prim and unfun).
Not only did the quote’s content have to be good, but its origin also mattered (guess the popularity of Chinese character tattoos further supports this). The coolest place to get your quote? From the lyric of a song by a band whose general message also reflected your personal vibe. It was hard. This site could have helped.
Lyrics To Live By is a Tumblr that posts every few days with an inspirational/cool lyric. Here’s a collection.
(images via Lyrics To Live By)