Resources

Jeremiah Say
Tools & Resources - Gracious Quotes

Welcome to the Gracious Quotes’ Resources page. This is a dedicated page where you can find all the tools you need to live a better life through quotes.

EVERYTHING you need to know about quotes (and graciousquotes.com) is on this page.

I have personally read and use all the resources here. The recommendations on this page are critical to the growth of GQ – they have impacted this website in one form or another.

These resources have helped me save a lot of time and I hope they will do the same for you too.

Quotes Websites That I Like

These are the websites I used frequently to curate content for GQ:

Cool Funny Quotes – This is not your typical quote website. You can find a lot of bizarre, humorous and sometimes ridiculously funny quotes that you wouldn’t usually find on other sites.

Wisdom Quotes – I love the story of how Maxime Lagacé started wisdomquotes.com. It is sad and inspiring at the same time. Wisdom Quotes offer a lot of unique angles when it comes to curating quotes.

Famous Quotes & Authors – This site is a great resource if you are finding classic inspirational quotes. Though they have not updated their SSL this site is still extremely user-friendly. You can find outstanding quotes by Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain, and Ernest Hemingway to name a few.

Cool N Smart – I leverage on this site to find interesting quote-topics to write about. They have many captivating topics such as Cheating, Cow Boy, Ego, Math, Lust, etc. (I mean, seriously?) I love this site because they are peculiar in that way.

Positivity Blog – The name speaks for itself. Not exactly a quote website per se but this site (owned by Henrik Edberg) is filled with tons of happiness tips and ideas.

Movie Quotes & More – Stumbled upon this blog many times when I was curating the best Disney quotes. If you are a fan of movies then check out this site. They are constantly updating their list of latest movies.

Quotes Pedia – Nothing you can’t find from other quote websites but this one has a very sleek and minimalist look to it. I love their image quotes. If you enjoy image quotes over words, you’ll love Quotes Pedia.

Wealthy Gorilla – The curated quotes are mediocre but what I really love about Wealthy Gorilla is their cartoon featured images. I find them incredibly cool and I took inspiration to create my first featured image with a cartoon here (don’t judge the bad quality, I’ll do better as I grow).

Books on Quotes That I Enjoyed

Great Quotes from Great Leaders – This is one of the BEST curated quotes by our world’s greatest leaders. Whenever I’m in need of motivation, I just flip to a random page to see which leader speaks to me. It works like a miracle!

After A Million Quotes – What Matt Williford learned after reading a million quotes. He shows us which are his favorites ones and goes into detail in explaining why they are important to our day-to-day lives. PRICELESS!

Books that Inspired Me to Give Gracious Quotes a Shot

The ONE Thing – I created a website about Fashion. Though that site is garnering more than a million pageview annually (& 3.2M Pinterest views monthly) it is a site with no clear direction. Click on the link and see if you can tell me what is that website about. It is havoc and chaotic. Reading The ONE Thing inspired me to start something I truly enjoyed and it gave me a clear sense of direction on where I want to go with graciousquotes.com.

The Compound Effect – I have started many websites over the years, many of them I gave up despite having significant traffic. The power of the compounding couldn’t unfold its true potential when I jumped ship so many times. This book inspired me to start GQ because I know accumulating quotes is something I enjoyed doing even when I don’t get paid. I love quotes (find out why here) and I don’t mind doing it for the long haul. I trust that I can see the power of compounding effect with this site. If you are keen, bookmark GQ on your browser and come back a year later to see how much the site grows (hopefully it surprises you then – if it does, it is the Compound Effect at work).

Grit – Over the years I gave up many endeavors much sooner than I’d like. I seriously had enough and I do not want to give up this site. That’s why I picked up this book. Reading Grit challenges me to work hard on this project every day because working hard on GQ doesn’t just affect me but more importantly, it affects readers.

Ways I Curate Quotes for GQ

Opening Up Several Quotes Websites – Another way I do is to open up 4 to 7 quotes websites I found on Google and read the quotes 1 by 1. I don’t usually copy and paste every quote I see – in fact, I purposefully missed out on a lot of ‘important’ quotes – I only add quotes that I find meaningful and/or I can relate with.

Books – Author quotes such as this and this was curated when I was reading through their books. I wrote down all the quotes and sayings I found meaningful on a piece of paper first before converting them to images and saving them digitally to GQ.

Examples of how I curate quotes the traditional way:

Software For Quotes Images

Canva – All the image quotes you see on this site are designed on Canva.

Cartoon.Pho.To – This is a software I used to convert photos to cartoons. It is not the best software out there but it is free and it does the job. Will upgrade to a paid software as soon as there are revenues coming in from GQ.

Remove.bg – This is a lifesaver. I used this to remove all the backgrounds on all images to create customized featured images.

Blog & Hosting

WordPress Theme (Pennews) – This theme is extremely versatile. I can change almost anything without knowing a line of code. It is the most flexible and that’s why I picked this theme over my favorite Genesis framework.

Hosting (Cloudways) – I have tried all the popular WordPress hosting such as WPengine and Kinsta but nothing beats the classic Cloudways in terms of reliability, affordability, and speed.

KeyCDN – SEO ranking factors in user-experience. The faster a website loads the greater the UX. That’s why it is crucial that we invest in a good CDN network. KeyCDN is the cheapest and MOST reliable of all.

Smush Pro – GQ is heavily reliant on images that is why I decided to invest in Smush Pro for its Lazy-load and Super Smush saving features. In layman terms, it means less stress on the actual server and an overall faster loading site.

Any suggestions on what we can include or how we can improve our resources page? Please contact us.