How to Use Instagram Quotes For Likes and Followers

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Instagram is not just about sharing photos and videos. It is also about sharing your thoughts, opinions and experience. In order to share our stories, we use pictures to convey our message.

But what is a picture without a caption? Sure, you could post a picture of a jumbo-sized hamburger and people would assume that you are really hungry. But what if you are trying to tell them that you are actually impressed by the size of the hamburger? That is why captions are important!

Captions are often used on images, too. But not all captions. Just because there is a text on an image, does not mean that it is a quote. And a quote does not always need inverted commas to accompany it.

There are about 61.5 million quotes on Instagram today. Since quotes are becoming more popular on Instagram, let’s explore them together. In this article, you will learn how to create and use Instagram quotes to help you get new likes and followers (yes, you can!).

Types of Instagram Quotes

There are all kinds of quotes on Instagram, from the funniest to the most romantic. While some quotes come with background images, some don’t. Whatever your preference is, if the quote is good, you’ll still get plenty of likes for it.

Check out some of these trending Instagram quotes.

Motivational Quotes

When you feel down, it is always nice to look at motivational quotes to cheer you up. Fortunately, there are tonnes of them on Instagram. Use them to lift up your spirit and help you get back on your feet whenever life knocks you down. Or create one to motivate others instead.

Motivational Instagram Quote
Courtesy of @motivation.force3 (Instagram)


Motivational Instagram Quote
Courtesy of @mikescottnow (Instagram)

Love Quotes

Love is a beautiful thing. We all fall in love every now and then. Love always makes us happy, but sometimes it makes us sad, too. Whether you are feeling over the moon or under the weather, there is always an Instagram quote that you can relate to.

Courtesy of @vanandcompany (Instagram)

Funny and Entertaining Quotes

Often, we laugh because we are happy. But there are days when we are all sad and gloomy.

When you need to find a reason to smile, search for funny Instagram quotes to make you laugh. Laughter is, after all, the best medicine. And when you are feeling better, go ahead and make someone laugh. Because someone out there might be having a bad day.

Funny Instagram Quote
Courtesy of @happyjudging (Instagram)


Toughmudder Funny Instagram Quote
Courtesy of @toughmudderaustralia (Instagram)

Sad Quotes

There are days when we all feel like crying. Sometimes we don’t even know who to talk to. And some of us are afraid of what others might think of us when they know our problems. Good thing is sad quotes will never judge us when we are sad. Instead, they relate themselves to us — that is comforting.

Sad Instagram Quote
Courtesy of @sadquotepage (Instagram)


Sad Instagram Quote
Courtesy of (Instagram)

How to Create Quotes for Instagram

Are you ready to create your first Instagram quote? First, you need to know the right Instagram image size to use.

Ideally, your Instagram post image must be 1080 (width) x 566 (height), or up to 1350 pixels high. Avoid landscape images. You want to make full use of the space you have. So always go for portrait images whenever possible.

Well, if you do post anything wide or tall, then your image will be cropped to a square on your photo gallery. Avoid using low resolution images. If you use an image with a resolution under 320 pixels wide, then it will be enlarged to 320 — not great.

Watch out for your Instagram story resolution also if you are thinking about sharing your quote there. Anything you post to your Instagram story will occupy the full mobile screen. If your image is already a square, then you will be able to place it to the center of the screen by pinching the screen with your fingers.

The recommended size for Instagram stories dimensions is 1080 (width) x 1920 (height) pixels, or 9:16.

Almost any image size will work on Instagram story, but it will be cropped into a rectangle image. In this case, the pixel size isn’t really a concern, but the shape or aspect ratio of the image is.

Once you have figured out the right sizes to use for your Instagram quotes, now it is time to get on with the content.

Design Your Instagram Quotes

You don’t need to be a professional graphic designer to create your own Instagram quotes. Also, no Photoshop required for that matter. There are many apps and websites that you can use to design your quotes. Don’t worry. These apps and sites are very easy to use and pretty straight-forward.

Here’s a list of apps and sites you can use to create professional-looking quotes for Instagram:

  • Canva
  • FaceGarage
  • InstaQuote
  • Quotes Creator
  • Text on Photo Square
  • Recite

Once you have the tool for creating your post, you can start looking for the background image. Pick anything that suits your quote. Here’s an example of a motivational quote:

“Searching for the meaning of life is like chasing after the wind.”

What background image do you think would be suitable for this particular quote? If you are not sure what image to use, look at the keywords of the sentence: life, wind, searching and chasing. Use these words to help you find the images that make sense to you and describe what the quote is trying to convey.

Or you can simply use a plain background.

Simple Background
Courtesy of @latefeels (Instagram)

You do not always need a picture to accompany your quote. Minimalist-looking images will work successfully if the texts are great. But if you do want to use a background image for your quote, make sure that it will not drown your text.

Your text has to be clear. It has to stimulate one’s feelings. What makes a great quote is the message it tries to deliver. So think carefully about what you want to quote, especially if you are going to have your name on it. Because quotes are typically shared around, they have to make sense.

If creating an original quote is too hard for you, then use someone else’s quotes and share them around instead. Just make sure that you are not claiming someone else’s quotes as yours. Make sure you give credit to the person who originally quoted it. Here’s an example:

Courtesy of @philoquest (Instagram)

The font you use will also influence the success of your post. Use fonts that are pretty and easy to read. Try:

  • GT Walsheim
  • Open Sans
  • Nawabiat

Sure, there are more beautiful fonts out there. But choose your fonts carefully. Just because they are pretty, does not mean they are always going to be suitable for every quote.

Colors are another thing to put into consideration when creating your quotes, especially for quotes with plain backgrounds.

If you are trying to target women, go for light colors. If you are targeting both men and women, then darker shades are recommended.

Your choice of color is also determined by the message that you are trying to deliver. If you are posting something motivational, try to avoid gloomy colors. Consider using gray, purple, yellow, blue or white.

And of course, you should not forget about the image caption that accompanies your quote. Keep it short, but sweet and punchy. Tag people on your quote, or mention them if necessary.

Instagram Quotes Ideas

Whether you want to motivate someone or entertain them with funny quotes just to make their day, here are some quotes ideas to inspire you. You can even use them as your captions!

Selfie Quotes

“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” — Oscar Wilde

“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” — Coco Chanel

Hashtags to use: #selfiequotes #loveyourself #loveyourselfquotes

Love Quotes

If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. — Maya Angelou

“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”

― Elbert Hubbard

Hashtags to use: #lovequotes #love #happiness #spreadthelove

Life Quotes

Live life to the fullest, and focus on the positive. — Matt Cameron

Life is like a roller coaster, live it, be happy, enjoy life. — Avril Lavigne

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. — Mahatma Gandhi

Hashtags to use: #life #liveandlearn #livelife #livelifetothefullest

Career Quotes

Learning networking basics is only a gateway to career growth and exploration. — Tae Yoo

It takes a career, a lifetime, to build up a reputation, and only one misstep for it all to crumble away. — Aaron Rodgers

Hashtags to use: #careerquotes #positivevibes #growyourbusiness #entrepreneurship

To find more quotes like these, check out sites like Goodreads, Quora, Live Quote and Brainy Quote — even Twitter!

Inspired already? Great! Then it’s time to get creative.

By using the right types of content and images, you will be able to create engaging posts that will help you grow your Instagram following organically. Hurry up and take advantage of Instagram quotes now if you haven’t.

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