Research Article

Motivational Quotes on Social Media: A Rhetorical Appraisal


  • Solange SWIRI TUMASANG University of Yaoundé 1, Cameroon


The world we live in has become an ocean filled with undulating waves of motivational messages. People ply the earth with vain looks; every unfortunate encounter seems to be welcomed with lots of bitterness. What can be done to remedy this situation? This is where motivational speakers come to the stage. When people face various life challenges, they often resort to a motivational quote for a bit of inspiration. This study sets out to look at the rhetoric in some motivational quotes in a bid to elicit those elements that make them more resonant to the extent that some have become celebrated parts of society's lexicon. Using the rhetorical theory by (Selzer 2003), we discovered from the 100 quotes analyzed from Facebook that a subtle combination of good words mitting, motivational psychology and rhetorical appeals inspire people. Well-structured messages that use figures of speech and appeal to our inspirational nature can be meaningful and powerful in shaping our thoughts hence aiding us to appreciate some valuable things in our lives that have been underestimated.

Article information


International Journal of Linguistics Studies

Volume (Issue)

2 (1)





How to Cite

TUMASANG, S. S. (2022). Motivational Quotes on Social Media: A Rhetorical Appraisal. International Journal of Linguistics Studies, 2(1), 08–18.



Rhetoric, Motivation, social media, Language use