“Never do it, just give up” – contradicting motivational mottos and how to make sense of them

I can proudly admit that I am a fan of cheesy motivational quotes, and I am not the only one. According to Google Trends, over the past 12 months, the term motivational quotes had been nearly three times more popular in the search engine than productivity (which is astonishing, given the fact that productivity is a widely used term in economics AND in personal development, while motivational quotes has only one meaning). It is no wonder – when life gets tough, a few words of encouragement can go a long way.