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If you’re active on social media or enjoy reading blogs, you will no doubt be aware of the popularity of quotes.

There’s something about quotes that many people find inspiring, motivating, and shareworthy.

Perhaps they’re a good pick-me-up when times get tough, or maybe they remind us of the deeper meaning behind our everyday routine.

Sometimes quotes might offer a burst of insightful learning for the time poor.

Whatever the case, quotes can be powerful.

Six Reasons To Weave Quotes Into Blog Posts

  1. You can back up your thoughts and make your writing more credible.
  2. Student voice can be incorporated into a blog post written by a teacher.
  3. You can provide alternative viewpoints or encourage readers to reflect.
  4. Quotes can help you begin or end your blog post with impact.
  5. The research involved in finding quality quotes is a solid learning experience.
  6. Quotes can make your posts easier to read as they break up the text.

How Do You Put A Quote In Your Post?

You can just type your quote into a post and put it in quotation marks, but to really make it stand out and break up your text, try blockquotes.

Using blockquotes is easy. When you’re in your visual editor:

  • type the quote
  • highlight the words in your quote
  • click on the quotation mark icon

It will then display like this…

Learning is not done to you. Learning is something you choose to do.
― Seth Godin, Stop Stealing Dreams

Note: The way the blockquotes display depends on your theme.

Where Can You Find Quotes?

You might already have some favorite quotes stored away that have never left you.

You might do a Google search for articles on your topic and find quotes from others.

Otherwise, you may enjoy browsing an online collection of quotes, such as the following:

The Legalities And Etiquette Of Using Quotes

We know we can’t just take images that we find online, and we certainly can’t copy others’ writing and publish it as our own. So, many people might wonder about using quotes.

It’s fine to use quotes from others but there are a few things to be aware of:

  • Make it obvious which words are your own, and which words belong to someone else (by using quotation marks or block quotes).
  • Make your quotes brief. There are no universal rules here. Some larger organizations have guidelines around how much your can quote (eg. Hubspot’s rules are 75 words). If you’re unsure or think you might be using too much of someone’s article, contact them to ask permission. Never copy the whole post.
  • Always include the person’s name, and link to their site, article, or book if you can. Obviously if you’re quoting someone like Aristotle or Mother Teresa, hyperlinking is not as straightforward!
  • If you’re using blockquotes, the attribution could be before the quote, inside it, or below it.
  • If you shorten a quote, use an ellipsis (…) in place of the missing words.
  • If you’re adding any words or corrections to the quote, use brackets.

Make Your Quotes More Visual

There are many online tools where you can turn your quote into writing on an image. These can make your blog posts look more visually appealing, and are great to share on social media too.

Here are just a few free online tools that might be useful for students or teachers:

Canva

This is a really popular tool to make all sorts of graphic designs and documents. There is an adequate free version and it can be used by students under 13 with supervision.

Here is an example of a quote I made with Canva.

When children create for the world they make it good. When children create only for their teacher they make it good enough.

Adobe Spark

Similar to Canva, this online drag and drop tool allows you to make social posts and graphics. The free version is functional but has a watermark. According to a recent Adobe announcement, the premium features will soon be free for teachers and students. Handy!

Here is an example of a quote I made with Adobe Spark.

Pablo

This is a user-friendly tool from Buffer (a social media scheduling tool). While Buffer is no longer updating Pablo, it seems to work well, and is fast and free.

You simply add your text to a Creative Commons Zero image and save your work.“Stop saying hand it in, start saying publish it.”

Quozio

This is a really simple tool which doesn’t require any sign up, so it’s ideal for young students to use. You simply add your text and choose your background before saving your image.

 Technology will never replace great teachers, but technology in the hands of a great teacher can be transformational

Note On Accessibility

Vision impaired visitors to your blog may be using assistive technology like screen readers to read the page out loud.

If you put words on an image, write the actual words from the quote in the alt text section.

screenshot showing how to add alt text

 Five Ideas For Using Quotes In The Classroom

  1. Quoting young students: If you teach very young students, you could put the students’ quotes about their learning in a different color on your blog. This makes it easier for them to go home and proudly share their blue/red/green writing with their parents.
  2. Exploring a quote in a post: If you have student bloggers, why not have them choose a quote from a fellow student’s blog post as a topic for a post of their own? They can explore the quote in detail and add their own thoughts and opinions.
  3. Posts full of quotes: You or your students could create blog posts that are a compilation of quotes. For example:
    • If you were studying World War Two, you could put together a collection of important quotes from this time in history.
    • If your class visited the museum, you could add quotes from all the students about the day.
    • If you were studying a divisive topic, like animal testing or closing a local library, you could interview members of the community and include their quotes in the post.
  4. Quote library: You or your students could start your own library of interesting quotes as you come across them. You could add them to a Google Doc and then refer to them when writing blog posts in the future, or house them on a page on your blog. Tip: BrainyQuotes allows you to set up a quote library with a free account (over 13s only).
  5. Quote of the day blog: Some people have a photo of the day blog. What about a blog where a quote is published each day? This could be a mix of quotes from members of the school community, or well known identities or historical figures.

Bringing in the voices of experts or giving your students a voice through the use of quotations could have a big impact. Why not consider ways that you and your students could integrate quotes into your blog posts?

We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.

― Walt Disney Company

Do you use quotes in your blog posts? Share a favorite quote in a comment.

Or perhaps you can share a website to find quotes or tell us how you display quotes as images. We’d love to hear from you.

About Kathleen Morris

I'm a primary school teacher, blogger, and mum from Victoria, Australia. I write about blogging, global collaboration, and technology integration at kathleenamorris.com Connect with me on Twitter @kathleen_morris

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  1. I used quotes in my blog, is that okay to use the quotes without permission, my blog is WordPress free. I hope you can share your ideas, I use brainyquotes too and goodread.

    • Hi Ranie,
      You can use quotes from people without asking them. Just make sure you link back to them. However, this would be for short quotes. You probably wouldn’t want to quote more than a few sentences. This is a grey area but if in doubt about whether you’re quoting too much, ask permission.
      Hope that helps!

      • Kathleen Morris
  2. Thank you for this great resource!

  3. Hmn! Quite a read;
    Well done Kathleen!

    I love good quotes and often get inspired by them.

    Thanks for the guide.

    • Quotes are great, aren’t they? You’re welcome!

      • Kathleen Morris
    • Yes! the guide was great!

  4. Thank you so much for the help

    • bimakoundouno
  5. Hi! I am a new blogger. And your blogs are really help full to me. Thanks For sharing your valuable thoughts with us! 🙂

    • Great to hear, Neha!

      • Kathleen Morris
  6. Hi Kathleen

    Another great post full of suggestions that can enhance our class and personal blogs.

    One suggestion I would make is to encourage students and staff to take photos around their school that as Janet suggested have some negative space that is ready for a quote to be added to.

    This is a great way to have some discussions about framing photos and can also be tied to talking about respectful use of images particularly if people are included in the photos. These photos can be stored in a shared drive where ready for use when needed. it also gets them looking at their immediate environment through the lens of a camera.

    Tracey

    • Hi Tracey,

      This is an excellent idea. Thanks so much for sharing. I love the concept of a shared drive too. Photography tips for students sounds like a possible blog post idea! 🙂

      • Kathleen Morris
  7. Hi Kathleen!

    Thank you for sharing insightful quote points and helpful quote ideas!

    One idea for educators as professional learners I would like to add has to do with creating Visual Quote Cards while attending conferences or workshops. Begin by snapping photos that include “negative space” (open areas that are not part of focal point of the picture), which can be done in advance, just prior to, or during the event. When a presenter shares a thought or makes a point you want to capture, note the quote in a Google Doc or other notation tool.

    When you are ready to write a reflective blog about your learning opportunity, first annotext the photo images with the desired quotes, including the speaker’s name(s), using your desired tool (e.g., a PPT slide exported as a single image; Typorama). Place the visual quote cards in your blog as desired. (Note: You can upload a visual quote card image to a tweet or share via Instagram or Facebook.)

    Happy quoting,
    Janet:-)

    • Hi Janet,

      I love this idea! I think I’ll have to try it out next time I’m at a conference. I love the idea of sketchnoting at conferences too but I have no idea how people get them finished in short amounts of time. Or maybe they don’t!

      Wonderful insight. Thank you for sharing 🙂

      • Kathleen Morris
  8. Hi Kathleen,

    What a treasure trove of ideas and links! Thank you so much for all this.
    Greetings,
    Alexandra

    • Alexandra Duarte
    • You’re welcome, Alexandra! Hope it’s helpful 🙂

      • Kathleen Morris
  9. Thank you, Kathleen, your post is so useful and we really do love quotes. Only this year I began to quote my students posts: I will take a sentence from their text and put it on an image with my free software fotophiltre, or in canvas or even in stencil, as you taught me.
    Now, as we have just 5 weeks to go until Easter, my kids are wishing to study for their tests and writing less. The blog doesn’t reflect that, because I have many posts scheduled since January. Here is the last exemple of quoting a student: http://cadescrita.edublogs.org/2018/02/19/ser-mais-sigam-os-vossos-sonhos/
    He is a 10 years 5 th grade student who loves surfing, but has suffered a serious sprain ligament on his knee, but, nevertheless he wrote this positive post.
    Ines

    • Hi Ines,

      Thank you for sharing this lovely example. I hope your student is back surfing soon!

      Easter sure is coming up quickly. It sounds like a busy time of year.

      Always great to hear from you!

      Kathleen

      • Kathleen Morris
        • Looks fabulous, Ines! You’re definitely an inspiration and I love the way you’re always trying new things and sharing your work. 🙂

          • Kathleen Morris
    • Hi Purviben,

      Thanks so much for your added suggestions. I’m sure people will find these really useful! 🙂

      • Kathleen Morris
    • Hi Purviben,
      Thank you for sharing! I’ve visited the sites you indicated and kept the urls to come back and try some of them. I use fotophiltre (free software), canva and stencil, where I learned to go following Kathleen’s suggestions.
      Ines

      • Inpi,

        I am glad that you find the sites useful. As a newbie blogger, I find both Quiozio and Addletter much easier to use. Hopefully, as I blog more, I will have more ease and incorporate others as well.

        Kathleen,
        Thanks. I have learned so much from you and everyone else. I am glad I am sharing something else as well .

        Happy learning.

        Purviben
        @TrivediZiemba

        • Purviben Trivedi-Ziemba
    • Hi Purviden,

      Thank you so much for sharing the amazing links.
      Best regards,
      Alexandra

      • Alexandra Duarte
      • Alexandra,

        You are most welcome. We all learn from one another, ya?

        Happy Learning.

        • Purviben Trivedi-Ziemba