You can learn a lot from reading famous quotes. A quote is usually inspirational in and of itself, but it will often times also lead you to learn about the person who said it. And, learning about great people in history leads to even more inspiration and knowledge. A lot of great quotes are analogies or metaphors for things you can relate to. Some of the best resonate because of that fact. The best analogies and metaphors relate to things that are observable in nature; this makes them universal because anyone can relate that has observed a natural phenomenon.
Gandhi once said “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, and then you win”. This phenomenon can be observed again and again. It is a standard natural process that happens all the time. It happens in sports. You can see it in business. You can see it everywhere. One thing about this quote and process is how you can see it unfold over time. Spot it in the early stage and you can make predictions that might not come true for some length of time. Then when they do, the affirmation serves to reinforce your beliefs and remind you to stay true to your convictions.