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The 270 Most Inspiring Quotes For Teens

270 Teen Quotes

“I thought I used to ‘worry’ a lot when my kids were little. Then I had teenagers. You know what I would give right now to worry about sippy cups and naptime? EVERYTHING.”

“I have always had a sense that we are all pretty much alone in life, particularly in adolescence.” – Robert Cormier

“One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes… and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight.” – E.E. Cummings

“There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.” – Nietzsche

“The world is kind to young people who are driven and curious.” – David Perell

“Friendships in childhood are usually a matter of chance, whereas in adolescence they are most often a matter of choice.” – David Elkind

“If we are not regularly deeply embarrassed by who we are, the journey to self-knowledge hasn’t begun.” – Alain de Botton

“Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it’s less good than the one you had before.” – Elizabeth Edwards

“First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.” – Bertrand Russell

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

“Your actions are a consequence of your thoughts. Your thoughts are a consequence of what you consume. And in the modern age, what you consume is largely a consequence of how you select and refine your social media feed. Choose better inputs. Get better outputs.” – James Clear

“I believe anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experience behind him.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“You can accomplish anything if you can prioritize ruthlessly and control your attention. Both of these have become particularly hard in the present age. As such those who can control these two critical factors will rule the world.”

“A self that goes on changing is a self that goes on living.” – Virginia Woolf

“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” – John C. Maxwell

“Relationships take work. It isn’t true love if things go smoothly.” – S.R. Crawford

“The visionary starts with a clean sheet of paper, and re-imagines the world.” – Malcolm Gladwell

“Don’t let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.” – 14th Dalai Lama

“I wanted to be his life preserver, the thing that would keep him afloat. Instead, he became my anchor. And I’m tired of drowning.” – Amanda Grace

“Family and friends and faith are the most important things in your life and you should be building friendships.” – Barbara Bush

“Adolescents are not monsters. They are just people trying to learn how to make it among the adults in the world, who are probably not so sure themselves.” – Virginia Satir

“Ignore those who tell you which way to go without first understanding where you are.” – James Pierce

“When I look in the mirror I see the girl I was when I was growing up, with braces, crooked teeth, a baby face and a skinny body.” – Heather Locklear

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” – E. E. Cummings

“Do nothing for prestige or status or money or approval alone.” – Maria Popova

“Before following the crowd, ask yourself if their average result is acceptable to you.” – James Pierce

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“It’s more important to be kind then to be right.” – Sam Williams

“Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.” – Aristotle

“I think everybody’s weird. We should all celebrate our individuality and not be embarrassed or ashamed of it.” – Johnny Depp

“Adolescence is just one big walking pimple.” – Carol Burnett

“The more something threatens your identity, the more you will avoid it.” – Mark Manson

“A man’s friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.” – Charles Darwin

“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden

“You will teach them to fly, but they will not fly your flight. You will teach them to dream, but they will not dream your dream. You will teach them to live, but they will not live your life. Nevertheless, in every flight, in every life, in every dream, the print of the way you taught them will remain.”

“Believe in yourself because you are the only one who knows you better than anyone.” – Narendra Singh Dhami

“When you have a dream, you’ve got to grab it and never let go.” – Carol Burnett

“The smarter you get, the less you react when it’s not worth it.”

“Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.” – Mark Twain

“If you look hard enough you might just see the toddler in your teen. Maybe it’s the way they watch a scary movie with their mouth slightly open, the way they brush their hair away from their face, how they have to wear their favorite fuzzy socks on a cold winter night or how, even now, they sleep with one hand tucked under their chin the way they did when they were little. Our kids might not be little anymore, but the toddler in them lies just below the surface. ”

“There was so much pressure to fit in, I tried to force myself to be like everyone else. The last thing any teen wants is to be ‘uncool.’” – GRiZ

“It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success.” – J. K. Rowling

“Be classy. Anything but trashy.” – Coco Chanel

“Don’t trade your authenticity for approval.” – Kanye West

“I live in my own little world but it’s okay – they know me here.” – Lauren C.

“You have nothing to lose in your twenties, except for your self-esteem if you take no risk.”

“Everyone should be their own biggest fan.” – Kanye West

“There’s no substitute for hard work.” – Thomas A. Edison

“The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do.” – Steve Jobs

“The scariest part of raising teenagers is remembering the stupid things you did as a teenager.”

“Patience obtains all things.” – St. Teresa of Avila

“The enemy is a very good teacher.” – 14th Dalai Lama

“The minute I heard my first love story I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.” – Jalal ad-Din Rumi

“Life will never conform to all of our desires. Ever.” – Mark Manson

“Focus on what matters and let go of what doesn’t.”

“You can’t stop people from saying bad things about you. All you can do is make them liars.” – Thomas Sowell

“Everyone you admire was once a beginner.” – Jack Butcher

“Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

“Being a teenager is an amazing time and a hard time. It’s when you make your best friends – I have girls who will never leave my heart and I still talk to. You get the best and the worst as a teen. You have the best friendships and the worst heartbreaks.” – Sophia Bush

“Everything will be ok in the end. If it’s not ok, it’s not the end.” – John Lennon

“Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate.” – Ed Latimore

“You’re never going to be happy being anyone other than yourself.” – Thibaut

“Stop relying on praise from others to feel good about yourself.” – Thibaut

“Keep true to the dreams of your youth.” – Friedrich Schiller

“Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Helen Keller

“Hey teens! If you think you’re angry now, just wait until you have to spend your own money on toilet paper.”

“The loss of young first love is so painful that it borders on the ludicrous.” – Maya Angelou

“Every day, you have the power to choose our better history — by opening your hearts and minds, by speaking up for what you know is right.” – Michelle Obama

“Sometimes my children think I’m getting on their back. What they don’t realize is that oftentimes I’m the only one who has their back. ”

“Everyone learns by imitation. Don’t be afraid to copy the shit out of your idols when you are just getting started. Over time, you can add your own style and flavor.” – Preethi Kasireddy

“When people try to tell you who you are, don’t believe them.” – Maria Popova

“No circumstances can defeat us. We are only defeated by people’s conduct during our troubled times.” – Vikki K.

“Don’t let even a single stare change the way you see yourself.” – Rushali Malhotra

“Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress, and the way to live.” – Gianni Versace

“Be true to yourself. Make each day a masterpiece. Help others. Drink deeply from good books. Make friendship a fine art. Build a shelter against a rainy day.” – John Wooden

“Once you were a winner, you had to stay the winner they expected you to be.” – Joelle Charbonneau

“I finally got the person who I truly love and all it takes is my hard work on never giving up… even the roughest days, the mistakes, the troubles, the people who have been your obstacles… I will never give up on what I want.” – Tiffany A.

“The world is a very malleable place. If you know what you want, and you go for it with maximum energy and drive and passion, the world will often reconfigure itself around you much more quickly and easily than you would think.” – Marc Andreessen

“As kids reach adolescence, they need more than ever for us to watch over them. Adolescence is not about letting go. It’s about hanging on during a very bumpy ride. ”

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

“I never really appreciated just how annoying I was until I gave birth to mini versions of myself and started arguing with them when they became teenagers. ”

“You’re the queen of pushing people away before they can say they like you. The queen of rejecting first so you can’t be rejected.” – Maggie Ann Martin

“The challenge of our time is relearning how to concentrate. The past decade has seen an unparalleled assault on our capacity to fix our minds steadily on anything. To sit still and think, without succumbing to an anxious reach for a machine, has become almost impossible.” – Thibaut

“The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can ever end.” – Benjamin Disraeli

“You can do anything you set your mind to.” – Eminem

“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” – Marilyn Monroe

“You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills.” – Jim Rohn

“Have conviction. It makes you irresistible.” – Preethi Kasireddy

“Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.” – Rumi

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” – Jim Rohn

“Let not your mind run on what you lack as much as on what you have already.” – Marcus Aurelius

“We must tell girls their voices are important.” – Malala Yousafzai

“Transform your world by transforming your internal state. Start by learning to let go of negative self judgment, and replace it with positive and loving thoughts about yourself. Be kind to yourself, and watch your external world change.” – Anita Moorjani

“If you want to find your direction in life, remove your misdirection.” – James Pierce

“Judge nothing, you will be happy. Forgive everything, you will be happier. Love everything, you will be happiest.” – Sri Chinmoy

“It isn’t where you came from. It’s where you’re going that counts.”

“I never dreamed about success, I worked for it.” – Estée Lauder

“First love, with its frantic haughty imagination, swings its object clear of the every day, over the rut of living, making him all looks, silences, gestures, attitudes, a burning phrase with no context.” – Elizabeth Bowen

“Teamwork can build friendships that last a lifetime.” – Natalya Neidhart

“A person can achieve everything by being simple and humble.” – The Vedas

“I’m so in love, every time I look at you my soul gets dizzy.” – Jaesse Tyler

“Consensus does not equal truth. Especially when consensus is socially enforced.”

“Don’t worry about getting perfect, just keep getting better.” – Frank E. Peretti

“Many people undermine success in the long-term by optimizing for status in the short-term.” – James Clear

“The darkest night is often the bridge to the brightest tomorrow.” – Jonathan Lockwood Huie

“The two things I did learn were that you are as powerful and strong as you allow yourself to be, and that the most difficult part of any endeavor is taking the first step, making the first decision.” – Robyn Davidson

“If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.” – Barack Obama

“Rather than struggling to become bigger fish, we might concentrate our energies on finding smaller ponds or smaller species to swim with, so our own size will trouble us less.” – Alain de Botton

“If you want to be average, focus on the performance. If you want to be the best, focus on making practice harder than performance.” – Shane Parrish

“Always admit when you’re wrong. You’ll save thousands in therapy… and a few friendships too.”

“The little-unremembered acts of kindness and love are the best parts of a person’s life.” – William Wordsworth

“If you’re making mistakes it means you’re out there doing something.” – Neil Gaiman

“The secret of success is to do the common things uncommonly well.” – John D. Rockefeller

“You always pass failure on the way to success.” – Mickey Rooney

“Do things for joy or for learning, not for attention.”

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

“Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep-burning, unquenchable.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“Life isn’t fair but it isn’t fair for everyone, which makes it fair!” – Jordan F.

“If you want to get closer to God drive in the passenger seat with a teenage driver. You’ll be reciting prayers you haven’t said in years. ”

“Taking responsibility for my failure and low achievements gave me so much strength to press for better outcomes.” – Dorcas Udoh

“Children, even infants, are capable of sympathy. But only after adolescence are we capable of compassion.” – Louise J. Kaplan

“Knowledge will bring you the opportunity to make a difference.” – Claire Fagin

“Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind.” – Maria Popova

“You have to be odd to be number one.” – Mohd M.U.

“Just thinking about you brings a smile to face, a twinkle to my eye, and a skipped beat to my heart.” – Ash Sweeney

“Love is missing someone whenever you’re apart, but somehow feeling warm inside because you’re close in heart.” – Kay Knudsen

“I love being a parent of teenagers. I mean, yes, there’s the hormones, the skin problems, the bad hair days, the crying, the mood swings. But enough about me.”

“Pleasure is not happiness. Pleasure is what’s marketed to us. It’s what we fixate on. It’s what we use to numb and distract ourselves.” – Mark Manson

“I don’t just want to get through the teenage years. I want to cherish these years when my children are still living under my roof and sleeping in their beds and eating my food. I want to store up memories. I want to see stories come full circle. I want to have deep conversations. I want to honor big moments. I want to appreciate ordinary days. I want to celebrate accomplishments no one else sees. I want to look back with gratitude and forward with hope. I want to know I did not take the gift of these years for granted. Because the love I have for my teens is not something I have to get through; it’s something I’m holding onto.”

“I thought raising teenagers would be like those goofy old Brady Bunch episodes about curfews, acne and dating. It’s not. It’s more like Survivor meets Dateline – hang in there and don’t murder anyone.”

“Be a good steward of your gifts. Protect your time. Feed your inner life. Avoid too much noise. Read good books, have good sentences in your ears. Be by yourself as often as you can. Walk.” – Jane Kenyon

“A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not on the branch but on it’s own wings. Always believe in yourself.”

“We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.” – Bryan White

“Don’t take advice from someone who’s never played the part.” – Preethi Kasireddy

“The young always have the same problem — how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another.” – Quentin Crisp

“Beautiful people are not always good, but good people are always beautiful.” – Imam Ali

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“Young people willing to push super hard to make something happen are among the most powerful forces in the world.” – Sam Altman

“When the vision is clear, the results will appear.” – Germany Kent

“Life is the most precious and forgiving asset we have. No matter how many mistakes we make, if we have the will and determination, it will always give us a second chance, third chance, fourth chance…” – Takela R. Pappillion

“We must not allow other people’s limited perceptions to define us.” – Virginia Satir

“Competition is fun when you are talented. Competition is dreadful when you are average. Competition is unnecessary when you are unique.”

“Know yourself. Accept yourself for who you are, right where you are. And then create some boundaries in your routine that aren’t serving you today in order to get closer to the life and work you truly desire.” – Mel Robbins

“Growth starts when you realize no one cares about you and your mistakes.”

“Being a mom of a teenager means a lot of forgiveness, a lot of grace, a lot of grit and love that is both powerful and unconditional. But what a blessing it is to raise these teenagers and have a front row seat on this wild ride.”

“Be a student of the world, not a judge.”

“I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles.” – Nelson Mandela

“Don’t make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up.” – Thomas J. Watson

“Ignore people who don’t respect you. Ignore news that don’t impact you. Ignore food that doesn’t feed you. Ignore all politics. Ignore unnecessary competitions. Ignore emotions that mislead you. Ignore thoughts that won’t help you.”

“The funny thing about kids is, they are the reason we lose it and the reason we hold it together.”

“As a teenager I was so insecure. I was the type of guy that never fitted in because he never dared to choose. I was convinced I had absolutely no talent at all. For nothing. And that thought took away all my ambition too.” – Johnny Depp

“If I cannot do great things. I can do small things in a great way.” – Martin Luther King Jr

“Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” – Ella Fitzgerald

“Life is better when you’re laughing.”

“There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist.” – Mark Twain

“If you don’t forgive your parents, you become them.” – Tiago Forte

“I know I’m supposed to be preparing my teenager for life and all, but it’s hard when they already know everything…”

“The desire to belong often overpowers the desire to improve.” – James Clear

“When your child is little, all you want is for them to play alone in their room for an hour so you can have some peace and quiet. Then they become teenagers, and all you want is for them to come out of their room for an hour and actually talk to you.”

“The youth need to be enabled to become job generators from job seekers.” – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

“No need to worry about your teenagers when they’re not at home. A national survey revealed that they all go to the same place – ‘out’ – and they all do the same thing – ‘nothing.’”

“Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Friendships are fragile things, and require as much handling as any other fragile and precious thing.” – Randolph Bourne

“Take care not to listen to anyone who tells you what you can and can’t be in life.” – Meg Medina

“Being the same makes you different from others!” – Parth D.

“Whatever scares or discomforts you is your teacher.”

“Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.” – Samuel Ullman

“Don’t listen to the person who has the answers; listen to the person who has the questions.” – Albert Einstein

“Turn the pain into power.”

“Mainstream news is mental programming.” – Preethi Kasireddy

“When I was in college, I wanted to be involved in things that would change the world.” – Elon Musk

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember…the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford

“A happy person doesn’t have to convince other people they are happy. Either you are or you’re not. And if you are, you’re not taking selfies to show people.” – Shane Parrish

“It is better to love truly at seventeen than pretend at thirty.” – Rom Amor

“Modernity turns everyone into an attention addict; the antidote is solitude, and the withdrawal symptom is loneliness.” – Sven Schnieders

“The thing I fear the most may not be death. The person I like the most may not be a girl. The belief which I practice may not be a religion. The company I seek may not be of friends but the ONE without WHOM I cannot get along is certainly GOD.” – Akash Y.

“The greatest things in life always come with a chance of great loss.” – Luke Edison

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else.” – Judy Garland

“Well, I could do it for a day, but I wouldn’t want to be a teenager again. I really wouldn’t.” – Jamie Lee Curtis

“If you want to destroy something then destroy your negative thinking.” – Lopamudra N.

“I had teen angst for a while, but I think every teenager has the angst.” – Jamie Bell

“Fasting and almsgiving are ‘the two wings of prayer’ which enable it to gain momentum and more easily reach even to God.” – St. Augustine

“You know you’re the parent of a teenager if they won’t answer any of your calls, but they will call you 27 times in a row until you answer. ”

“I sleep just to get up early and start a new day.” – Vikrant S.

“The more something scares you, the more you should do it.” – Mark Manson

“Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.” – Stephen Hawking

“Our societies are so good at teaching us how to generate ambitions. We also need to learn the art of – occasionally – surrendering them.” – Alain de Botton

“Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.” – Sydney Smith

“The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.” – Eric Hoffer

“If parenthood has taught me one thing it’s that it is possible for a kid to shower for 40 minutes without actually getting clean.”

“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” – Colin Powell

“There is nothing quite so tragic as a young cynic, because it means the person has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.” – Maya Angelou

“Never dull your shine for somebody else.” – Tyra Banks

“Raising teens makes you regret all the time you wasted worrying about things like sippy cups and how much your kid pooped.”

“Difficulties break some men but make others.” – Nelson Mandela

“Leaders of the future will have to be visionary and be able to bring people in – real communicators.” – Anita Borg

“I liked being a teenager, but I would not go back for all the tea in China.” – Rob Lowe

“Adolescence is the conjugator of childhood and adulthood.” – Louise J. Kaplan

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr

“The difference between winning and losing is most often not quitting.” – Walt Disney

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

“You don’t have to be a genius or a visionary or even a college graduate to be successful. You just need a framework and a dream.” – Michael Dell

“Haters are people terrified of their own emptiness. Critics are people who want to be those who they criticize.” – Paulo Coelho

“With confidence, you have won before you have started.” – Marcus Garvey

“Quit talking and being doing.”

“Don’t hope for a life without problems. There’s no such thing. Instead, hope for a life full of good problems.” – Mark Manson

“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” – Nelson Mandela

“Developing a good work ethic is key. Apply yourself at whatever you do, whether you’re a janitor or taking your first summer job because that work ethic will be reflected in everything you do in life.” – Tyler Perry

“Don’t be afraid to be an idealist.” – Maria Popova

“Have convictions. Be friendly. Stick to your beliefs as they stick to theirs. Work as hard as they do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“My teenage years were exactly what they were supposed to be. Everybody has their own path. It’s laid out for you. It’s just up to you to walk it.” – Justin Timberlake

“At some point, you have to break from what your parents expect of you and do what’s right for you. And if you don’t, you haven’t lived your life.” – Neil Strauss

“You really don’t want to be famous. Read the biography of any famous person.” – Kevin Kelly

“If you are in your twenties and scared of failing, you are failing. No one expects anything from you. Go out there. Explore. Try. Fail. You will be grateful in your thirties.”

“Raising a teenager is hard… But, being a teenager is hard, too, which is why our kids need someone they trust to lean on, to come to for advice, and to share their lives – the good, the bad and the ugly. Having a front row seat in our kids’ lives is a far better place to be than sitting on the highest bleacher. ”

“What it’s like to have a conversation with a teenager: Parent: ‘Have a nice day!’ Teenager: ‘Don’t tell me how to live my life!’”

“Just be real, that’s all you got to do.”

“Improvement at anything is based on thousands of tiny failures, and the magnitude of your success is based on how many times you’ve failed at something.” – Mark Manson

“The person seeking to learn wins what the person seeking to impress loses.” – Angela Jiang

“Trouble is, kids feel they have to shock their elders and each generation grows up into something harder to shock.” – Ben Lindsey

“The older I get, the more I understand that it’s okay to live a life others don’t understand.” – Jenna Woginrich

“As I’ve said many times, the single most oppressed class in America right now is the teenager.” – Joe Bob Briggs

“Focus on what brings you energy, not what sucks it away.”

“You are your own teacher. Investigate yourself to find the truth – inside, not outside. Knowing yourself is most important.” – Ajahn Chah

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Attachment leads to suffering.” – Buddha

“No other version, no matter how perfect it is, would ever feel better than being your true self.” – Edmond Mbiaka

“You’ll stop caring what people think about you when you realize how seldom they do.” – David Foster Wallace

“If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.” – E. Joseph Cossman

“Your greatest fear should be a pathway that will lead you towards your greatest discoveries.” – Abdul Nuhu

“Not caring about what others think of you is the ultimate form of freedom. No amount of money or status can get you that freedom. It costs $0 and lots of courage.” – Preethi Kasireddy

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

“An investment in knowledge pays the best dividends.” – Benjamin Franklin

“In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds.” – Martin Luther King Jr

“Chances are you’re starting to give too many fucks about too many unnecessary things.” – Mark Manson

“As a mom of teenagers sometimes all I need is a hug and someone to tell me everything is going to be ok. Oh, and a million dollars, a week in the Bahamas and a bottle of wine would be nice too…”

“Early on, find things where you have any interest and take on accountability. Don’t worry about short-term compensation. If you dive into the edge of knowledge, which nobody knows how to solve, and solve the hard problems, people will line up behind you. The leverage will come.” – Naval Ravikant

“Time ripens all things, no man is born wise.” – Miguel de Cervantes

“It’s about knowing yourself and what you’re good at. Females, males – anyone can be anything they want to be.” – Payal Kadakia

“Adolescence isn’t just about prom or wearing sparkly dresses.” – Jena Malone

“By nature we are wise, kind, powerful, fearless, and absolutely unlimited.” – Byron Katie

“Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.” – George Washington Carver

“Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.” – Hellen Keller

“Sometimes you talk to be heard, but sometimes, you talk to be seen.” – Mark T.

“I am a great believer in luck. The harder I work, the more of it I seem to have.” – Coleman Cox

“Youth comes but once in a lifetime.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Don’t settle for being an option; become a priority.” – Matt Mitchell

“Be forgiving with your past self. Be strict with your present self. Be flexible with your future self.” – James Clear

“Being a teen can be tough. Just try to surround yourself with really good friends that really have your back, and also be a really good friend to those who really care about you. If you’re not sure about certain things, talk to your friends that you trust and your family.” – Victoria Justice

“When I was younger I used to think that I never wanted to become the guy who didn’t have Saturday night plans and woke up early the next day. Now that I’m older, I’m that guy. And it’s great.” – Mark Manson

“In order to control myself I must first accept myself by going with and not against my nature.” – Bruce Lee

“Happiness and confidence are the prettiest things you can wear.” – Taylor Swift

“As long as I didn’t say it aloud, it wasn’t real.” – Sarah Dessen

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Work hard. Talk less. Do what you feel is right. Learn from your mistakes. Build people up. Laugh often. Stop complaining. Invest in yourself. Dream big. Plan ahead. Love unconditionally.” – Lauren C.

“Don’t be an interpreter of reality, be a visionary. Don’t think about it, see it!” – Osho

“Look at the world both analytically and differently. Don’t ask yourself what technology is trendy or popular, but rather what has yet to be known or accomplished.” – Amber Yang

“Don’t compromise even if it hurts to be yourself.” – Toby Keith

“We’re a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness and call it love true love.” – Robert Fulghum

“To be inspired is great, but to inspire is an honor.” – Stacey T. Hunt

“However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.” – Stephen Hawking

“We form friendships so that we can feel certain emotions, like love, and avoid others, like loneliness.” – Sam Harris

“I’ll see your toddler tantrum and raise you a teen that just had their phone taken away.”

“Real resonates.” – Jack Butcher

“We should all celebrate our individuality and not be embarrassed or ashamed of it.” – Johnny Depp

“You have to be authentic, you have to be true, and you have to believe in your heart.” – Howard Schultz

“I spent the first fourteen years of my life convinced that my looks were hideous. Adolescence is painful for everyone, I know, but mine was plain weird.” – Uma Thurman

“It’s easy to stand in the crowd but it takes courage to stand alone.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Visionaries not only believe that the impossible can be done, but that it must be done.” – Bran Ferren

“No matter what you’re going through, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.” – Demi Lovato

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss

Originally published October 8, 2021, updated October 8, 2021

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