Saturday, March 20, 2010

Using Quotations To Say I Don't Like Quotations

“I do not like quotations.” – Rashan Jamal Weldon 2010

For real, I really don’t. With very few exceptions, I’m not inspired by someone’s words that I’ve never met. Or in some cases, I never even heard of. What makes you qualified to be quoted? What makes me want to follow your words of wisdom? For all I know you owned slaves, or beat your wife, or I don’t know, didn’t pay your taxes. Maybe you are a ruthless business man who spouts these so called inspirational phrases to make your employees give up their personal lives. Maybe you like to kick small animals and steal lollipops from little children in your spare time. Maybe, you eat the last piece of chicken and put the orange juice back in the fridge with just a swallow. Maybe you don’t hold the elevator when you see people coming. Maybe, you just plain don’t wash your butt. How I look being inspired by a foul smelling, unclean slave owner???

Nah, but for real, you can get a quote for any occasion. In the history of the world, pretty much anything you can think of has already been thought and said. No idea is completely original. Just because someone else said what you needed to hear doesn’t make it especially poignant, it just makes it a coincidence. And most of the time, it’s common sense. Like that Rev Run and his “wise” tweets. That’s a whole ‘nother post. That dude says the most simplistic things and people eat up like he’s Martin Luther King or something. My face is scrunching up just thinking about it. His “simple words just don’t move me.” – Mobb Deep 1995

As much as I quote hip hop lyrics, you may think that I would like quotations. You would be wrong. I like the way they sound. I’m not advocating that others follow them as life lessons. And I’m sure not taking anything from it other than good music. I was listening to Ice Cube earlier today. He has a line that says “Don’t mess with a chick from the projects.” Maybe I like project chicks, maybe I like hood rat chicks.. One that don’t give a ….and say she take da… Wait, that’s another quote.- Big Tymers 2000 The point being I’m not going to live my life by someone else’s words. You know, unless it’s Jesus. And I’m still working on that.

It’s probably just me being different again, but I could care less what other people have to say about life. My biggest problem is that SOME of the people that post these quotes, are the exact opposite of what they advocate. For instance, someone at work has a quote that says ‘ if better is possible, good is not enough.’ Cool, but she’s mediocre at her job. Another one has the Emerson quote “nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm”. Word, then why are you so lethargic and sullen all the time. I know I sound like a hater, and “I’ll be dat” – Redman 1998, but “It is what it is” - Some guy that likes pissing people off by using that phrase. LOL


Jameil said...

some guy who likes to piss people off by using that phrase = you. Done @ "How I look being inspired by a foul smelling, unclean slave owner???" Side eye @ Big Tymers. Go find your project chick. That ain't me!!

Rashan Jamal said...

I do like that it is what it is phrase, don't I?

I don't want a project chick... I want a Matthews woman! I'm just saying.. I should have the choice if I did want that. Ice Cube can't tell me what to do!!!

Jameil said...

you want a DIFFERENT Matthews woman?? WELL I NEVER!! Cube will tell you what you like and what to do and you will hop to it!! I just thought about his name for the first time ever. ROTFL!! I'm gonna be Ice Cooler cuz w/o me... y'all other ices just melt. *puts on sunglasses*

Nexgrl said...

You do like rap quotes, but only from a specific time period. I don't think your aim is to piss people off. I think you're satisfied with just irritating them. This is just from reading your various blogs for the past few years.

Nerd Girl said...

Great....I'll probably spend the rest of the day listening/watching Big Tymers on You Tube. I seriously used to love that song. "Give me a project chick. Give me a hoodrat chick. One that don't give a..."

Did my use of quotes bother you? "My bad."

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If you hate quotes, how do you survive facebook?? I swear people put the dumbest quotes as thier statuses, and I'm like "that's the stupidest thing I ever heard." You can quote me on that.

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