“Petrol Pump Wisdom”

A Johannesburg filling station has become quite a landmark in Gauteng with its daily  “PetrolPumpWisdom” – uplifting quotes written on a chalkboard. Some motorists say they deliberately travel this route just to read the quote which brightens their day.


She told SAPeople: “We inherited the board from the previous owner, Dick Hutton, when we bought the filling station from him almost 20 years ago.”

We continued the tradition and it has become a landmark – more so now that it’s on social media!


Not a day goes by when I don’t get a call or a visit from someone to tell me how much they appreciate the message – it seems that every day there’s something that just speaks to what is going on in someone’s life and that inspires or motivates them.


“Having people come and tell me their stories and how the quote helped them in some small way is what motivates me to keep writing!

“We use a variety of quotations – some are topical, some are funny, some are inspirational, some even reflect what is going on in my life that day!


“The boards were spotted by a motivational speaker from the UK, Geoff Ramm, when he was driving by one day and he was so taken by them he included a piece about them in his book!



“The boards have appeared many times in newspapers and magazines and been spoken about on radio stations all over the world. 9GAG has re-tweeted them a few times too!”

Bob 95 FM in the USA recently posted Alison’s “Rest in Peace” quote which has now been shared over a quarter of a million times around the world!


“Probably the most reaction we got from members of the public was after Madiba’s passing away – we just covered the boards with big black cloths…”



Find #PetrolPumpWisdom on Twitter, tweeted by Pump_Oracle.

 Alison Purchase stands outside the BP petrol station in Jan Smuts Avenue, explaining the inspiration for the morning's quote.

Alison Purchase stands outside the BP petrol station in Jan Smuts Avenue, explaining the inspiration for the morning’s quote.   *********     SHARE    *********

For some, the BP garage on Jan Smuts Avenue has become a pit stop in the morning, others a landmark when giving directions, while for morning passers-by it’s their daily dose of ‘petrol pump wisdom’.

Walking in to meet the woman behind the inspirational quotes written on the chalkboard outside of the petrol station, one is received with a smile and a warm welcome.

For Alison Purchase, wife to the owner of the filling station, people coming in to thank her for her words of wisdom is not unusual.

Posted in Childhood, Family, Grand-Children, Grandma, Todaywith 3 comments.


  • Alyssa Aldrich says:

    Thank you for the happiest of happy birthday wishes! Love you so much Grammy!!!

  • mac says:

    Would enjoy to visit your web site daily for your inspiration. Please send an address that I may sign into. May God bless and travel with you.

    • Mary Ellen says:

      Just wanted you to know, that I appreciate your good wishes regarding my travel – and wish for you also, to be blest by the Almighty Creator in all that you do, too! Thanks.

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