How to Find the Most Share-worthy Quotes

As we approach the inauguration of our 45th President of the United States its fun to look back on great snippets from inaugural speeches of the past. There are the quotes that most of us have heard so many times that even when we are just reading, we can almost “hear” the intonations of the voice that originally spoke them:

“The Only Thing We Have To Fear, Is Fear Itself”

“…Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You,
Ask What You Can Do For Your Country”

 

Of course the previous are two of the most famous inaugural quotes of all time and are from the inaugural addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy respectively.

Below we evaluate various web sites on how easily we could find quotations specifically from inaugural addresses. Inaugural quotes are very common, yet it is often difficult to pull them out of even the best quotation sites.

We use the following criteria: Navigation, Search, Happy Accident.

Goodreads

GoodReads.Com

How easy is it to find quotations from inaugural addresses?

  • Navigation: No obvious method other than looking for specific presidents and topics.
  • Search: Searching for “inauguration” brings up a list of books, but you can modify your search by clicking on “quotes”.
  • Happy Accident: The site didn’t seem to be showing topical, or trending quotes from inaugurations.

GoodReads is much more than a database of quotations, it is a community where you can read and share books and more.

Searching for “inauguration” brings up a list of books, but you can modify your search by clicking on “quotes”. Then you get the list of inaugural quotes you would expect with the two mentioned above coming in first and second and this, also popular quote, from Abraham Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address. You can see that the data is more complete than other sites with not only an attribution to Abraham Lincoln, but a source as well. We found the following quote on GoodReads and added it to a photo from Pexels.com.

Image of Abraham Lincoln Statue cropped to face. Quotation along side: “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” Find.com logo

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

Abraham Lincoln (Great Speeches / Abraham Lincoln: with Historical Notes by John Grafton)

brainyquote-logo-on-brainy-quotes-logo

Site: BrainyQuote.Com

How easy is it to find quotations from inaugural addresses?

  • Navigation: No obvious method other than looking for specific presidents and topics.
  • Search: Searching for “inaugural address” brings up quotes with the keywords, but not quotes from inaugural adresses.
  • Happy Accident: The site didn’t seem to be showing topical, or trending quotes from inaugurations.

Though Brainy Quote doesn’t offer the ability to pull quotes from specific inaugural speeches, it has a fantastic database of quotes and makes it easy to find the most popular ones. It also has the quotes embedded into nice photos and ready to share with a single click.

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself" - Franklin D. Roosavelt

Quoteland Logo

Quoteland.Com

How easy is it to find quotations from inaugural addresses?

  • Navigation: No obvious method other than looking for specific presidents and topics.
  • Search: Searching for “inauguration” brings up nothing, so we searched on “Lincoln”.
  • Happy Accident: The site didn’t seem to be showing topical, or trending quotes from inaugurations.

Quoteland is an interesting design, though it feels like a throwback to a different era. They seem to have a decent database of quotations too. The quotation we found was not from an inaugural address and sounds like it may be apocryphal, but it’s fun:

When someone asked Abraham Lincoln, after he was elected president, what he was going to do about his enemies, he replied, I am going to destroy them. I am going to make them my friends.
Abraham Lincoln

QuoteDB.Com

How easy is it to find quotations from inaugural addresses?

  • Navigation: No obvious method other than looking for specific presidents and topics.
  • Search: Searching for “inauguration” brings up a list of speeches and quotations. It was easy to find what we wanted.
  • Happy Accident: The site didn’t seem to be showing topical, or trending quotes from inaugurations.

“When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you.”

George W. Bush, Second Inaugural Address.

World of Quotes - Quotes, Sayings, and Proverbs.

World Of Quotes.Com

How easy is it to find quotations from inaugural addresses?

  • Navigation: No obvious method other than looking for specific presidents and topics.
  • Search: A search for “inauguration” brings up a varied list, but mostly keyword-based, so the results are about the inauguration and not necessarily from the inaugural speech. 
  • Happy Accident: The site didn’t seem to be showing topical, or trending quotes from inaugurations.

It appears that you can still navigate manually if you know or look up the date of specific inaugurations. World of quotes has some nice browsing features and a good database, but were weren’t able to verify that the quotes from George Washington that we found were from his inauguration.

I go to the chair of government with feelings not unlike those of a culprit who is going to the place of his execution.

Us presidents Quotes, by George Washington

ThinkExist.com - Finding Quotations was never this easy.

ThinkExist.Com

How easy is it to find quotations from inaugural addresses?

  • Navigation: No obvious method other than looking for specific presidents and topics.
  • Search: A search for “inauguration” brings up a varied list, but mostly keyword-based, so the results are about the inauguration and not necessarily from the inaugural speech. 
  • Happy Accident: The site didn’t seem to be showing topical, or trending quotes from inaugurations.

A search for “inaugural address” and “inauguration” brings up quotations with the those keywords in therm. As such rather than quotations from inaugural addresses, we get quotations about inaugural addresses:

“I am going to build the kind of nation that President Roosevelt hoped for, President Truman worked for, and President Kennedy died for.”
Lyndon B. Johnson quotes (American 36th US President (1963-69). 19081973)

 

Wisdom Quotes

Wisdom Quotes

How easy is it to find quotations from inaugural addresses?

  • Navigation: No obvious method other than looking for specific presidents and topics.
  • Search: Searching for “inauguration” brings up a list of speeches and quotations. It was easy to find what we wanted.
  • Happy Accident: The site didn’t seem to be showing topical, or trending quotes from inaugurations.

This is very similar to QuoteDB.com and may actually be using similar software. We encountered bugs with search and we never

The search suggestions for a search on “inauguration” bring up “Inauguration of “Barack Obama” but no other inaugurations. Clicking through to the search results brings up topics with “inauguration” in them, but the previously suggested “Inauguration of Barack Obama” is now only contained in the 6th result.

Yes, our greatness as a nation has depended on individual initiative, on a belief in the free market. But it has also depended on our sense of mutual regard for each other, of mutual responsibility. The idea that everybody has a stake in the country, that we’re all in it together and everybody’s got a shot at opportunity. Americans know this. We know that government can’t solve all our problems – and we don’t want it to. But we also know that there are some things we can’t do on our own. We know that there are some things we do better together.
–  Barack Obama

quotes.net

Quotes.Net

How easy is it to find quotations from inaugural addresses?

  • Navigation: No obvious method other than browsing for specific presidents and topics.
  • Search: A search for “inaugural address” brings up two lists: one of speakers and inaugural addresses and one containing the keywords.
  • Happy Accident: The site didn’t seem to be showing topical, or trending quotes from inaugurations.

Quotes.net has the very nice feature of being able to filter by, Literary Quotes, Movie Quotes and in TV Shows.

The first inaugural address quotation listed is Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural address and the following is the first quotation listed:

With malice toward none, with charity for all, …let us strive on to finish the work we are in, …to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.

– Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address, Mar. 4, 1865

Giga Quotes

GIGA Quotes

How easy is it to find quotations from inaugural addresses?

  • Navigation: No obvious method other than browsing for specific presidents and topics.
  • Search: A search for “inaugural address” brings up two lists: one of speakers and inaugural addresses and one containing the keywords.
  • Happy Accident: The site didn’t seem to be showing topical, or trending quotes from inaugurations.

Giga Quotes offers many navigational options including “topics”, “authors” and “timeline”. It also offers unique features such as an anagram solver and a crossword puzzle solver. A search on “inaugural” brings up a Google search with an interesting results list starting with John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address, and continuing with keyword results as well as Martin Van Buren’s inaugural address. On clicking through to Martin Van Buren’s inaugural address, the first quotation in the list is:

I tread in the footsteps of illustrious men . . . in receiving from the people the sacred trust confided to my illustrious predecessor.
Martin Van Buren, in his inaugural address

Find.Com – Default Find Engine

How easy is it to find quotations from inaugural addresses?

  • Navigation: No navigation, search only. The ability to choose sites: coming soon.
  • Search: A search for “inaugural quotations” brings up a grouping of sites that you choose, in this case WebResults, Images, Video and Wikipedia
  • Happy Accident: The Images Find Frame shows a unexpected quotations, many from Pinterest. 

 

 

What Sites do you use to find Quotations?