“Shoot for the Moon”: The 10 Best Worst Inspirational Quotes


Charlotte Gumpel, Staff Writer

We’ve all seen them: the corny, overused, horribly inaccurate inspirational quotes that plague  fake deep Instagram accounts. They are usually accompanied by stock photos of sunsets or people running on beaches or scenic panoramas. Because, you know, the most profound of quotes are partnered with photos of stacks of cash and diamond necklaces. 

Without further ado, here some of the best worst inspirational quotes, handpicked.

1. Shoot for the moon. Even if you fail, you’ll land among the stars.

While this seems kind in retrospect, I hope whoever wrote this does not work at NASA. It displays the mainstream obliviousness of where the Moon actually is in proportion to the Earth. The moon is around 384,400 kilometers from Earth, while the closest star (the Sun) to Earth is 149, 785, 000 kilometers away. A pretty horrible trajectory for a shot, if you ask me. And no, there is no array of stars surrounding the moon, either – which suggests a mythical spot for over-ambitious fools to fall back into. 

2. Remember that everyone is unique – which makes us all the same.

Where to start? Well, there are 1661.67 people named John for every 100,000 Americans. Based on the analysis of 100 years worth of data from the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Baby Names database, the estimated population of people named John is 3,175,228. Not so unique now, huh? Yes, yes, everyone has unique qualities and personalities. I am all for this message, but execution – 0/10.

3. Only dead fish go with the flow.

Wrong, actually! Lots of fish – dead or alive – follow the flow. They’re called ocean currents. They control the climate, carry nutrients to stationary animals, carry ocean life to new places, aid with migration – the list goes on. Fact check completed. 

4. Push yourself because no one else is going to do it for you.

I wouldn’t jinx it! Be kind and we will not have any issues, hopefully. 

5. If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough.

I actually beg to differ. My goals do not include the ocean, heights, wolves, or extremely large birds that like to flap their wings in your face obnoxiously. Who wants scary dreams? No eagles for me, thanks! Personally, I would advise for motivating and safe goals, but to each their own. Maybe you dream of being a clown.

6. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

Yeah! Except things like heart disease, smoking, getting stabbed in the leg, strokes, infection, shattered bones, paralysis, and many other things. This definitely needs a rewrite. 

7. The worst part of being strong is that no one asks if you’re okay.

Not only is this quote obnoxious and victimizing, it’s also paired with a picture of a lion or tiger or cheetah staring stoically into the sunset, expectedly waiting for a friend to check in. Well, according to Lionhabitatranch.com, lions spend 16 to 20 hours a day resting and sleeping. That sounds pretty okay to me.

8. As long as you have love in your heart, you’ll never be alone.

Just a background, this was said by Charles Manson, an infamous criminal and cult leader. I think that pretty much speaks for itself. 

9. When you work hard to do something right, you don’t want to forget.

Keeping the same pattern. This is said by Jeffrey Dahmer, notorious serial killer of around 17 people. I think maybe a rule of thumb: please, please, please research who says these things!

10. No matter how bad things are, you can always make things worse.

Thanks, I guess? This quote tries to allude to the fact that rock bottom has a… further bottom? I appreciate the sentiment though!