The Brief: The inspirational quotes trend on TikTok sees creators pairing blunt or random quotes over photos of scenic landscapes.
TikTokers are turning text messages and quotes from their family members, significant others, and co-workers into inspirational quotes.
This trend is meant to be funny, as most of the messages and quotes are far from inspirational and are written out over photos of scenic landscapes. The contrast between the uplifting nature of the photographs and the blunt messages makes for a humorous result.
These videos are set to Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles.” There are over 86,000 videos linked to the audio on the app. The trend is on TikTok’s Discover Page and the associated hashtag #InspirationalQuotes has accumulated over 151 million views.
Making my way downtown
Walking fast, faces pass and I’m homebound
Staring blankly ahead
Just making my way
Making my way through the crowd
Creator @nathanandgrace’s TikTok featured a few of the angry statements her boyfriend maked while playing FIFA. The video received over 491,000 likes.
@nathanandgraceit’s not acceptable how rage he gets #nathanandgrace #relationship #fifa♬ A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton
Another popular take on this trend is by @mboulukos. She shared text messages she received from her daughter over images of sunsets. The video garnered over 1.8 million likes.
@mboulukosFirst TikTok! ##inspirationalquotes ##greenscreen ##fyp♬ A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton
A variation on the trend saw TikToker @nateredmount place motivational fitness quotes over photos of people drinking.
@nateredmountThey just fit so well together #fitness #alcohol #DontSweatIt♬ A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton