These inspirational quotes for teens give your teenager a lot to think about.
Education, love, and your purpose in life can be heavy topics. These quotes from notable folks provide great insight and, in many cases, a nice way of looking at things.
So dive in and learn what you can. And don’t forget to share them with the teenagers in your life.
Best Inspirational Quotes for Teenagers
1.) Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.
2.) Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: “What are you doing for others?”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
3.) The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.
4.) You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
5.) Be a first-rate version of yourself, not a second-rate version of someone else.
6.) Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.
7.) A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.
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8.) We all can dance when we find music we love.
9.) Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
10.) Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.
11.) Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
12.) Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.
H. Jackson Brown
13.) All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.
14.) The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
15.) Smile and let everyone know that today, you’re a lot stronger than you were yesterday.
16.) Don’t waste your energy trying to change opinions. Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.
17.) Life is either a great adventure or nothing.
18.) No matter what you look like or think you look like, you’re special, loved, and perfect just the way you are.
19.) One must first have a burning desire, similar to an “I can’t wait to start work” attitude, to have or obtain only what now is currently only a dream.
20.) Winning doesn’t always mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve done before.
21.) Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.
Empowering Quotes for Girls
22.) Women challenge the status quo because we are never it.
23.) It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.
24.) Some women choose to follow men, and some choose to follow their dreams. If you’re wondering which way to go, remember that your career will never wake up and tell you that it doesn’t love you anymore.
25.) A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.
26.) Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
27.) The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.
28.) The world needs strong women. Women who will lift and build others, who will love and be loved. Women who live bravely, both tender and fierce. And women of indomitable will.
29.) We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back. We call upon our sisters around the world to be brave – to embrace the strength within themselves and realize their full potential.
30.) The woman who does not require validation from anyone is the most feared individual on the planet.
31.) Whenever you see a successful woman, look out for three men who are going out of their way to try to block her.
32.) She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.
33.) You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.
34.) People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.
35.) A peacock that rests on his tail feathers is just another turkey.
36.) I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.
37.) Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.
38.) Be a positive energy trampoline – absorb what you need and rebound more back.
39.) You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
40.) If at first, you don’t succeed, then skydiving definitely isn’t for you.
41.) If you’re going through hell, keep going.
42.) Work until your bank account looks like a phone number.
43.) Bad decisions make good stories.
44.) I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.
45.) If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.
46.) When life gives you lemons, squirt someone in the eye.
47.) People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.
Winnie the Pooh
48.) You can’t have everything. Where would you put it?
49.) A clear conscience is a sure sign of a bad memory.
Uplifting Quotes for Boys
50.) Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
51.) A man who has committed a mistake and doesn’t correct it is committing another mistake.
52.) One secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.
53.) Build bridges, not walls.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
54.) No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.
55.) A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.
56.) You can’t see the water until you run into it. A little boy took off running through it. He got all muddy.
57.) A boy’s story is the best that is ever told.
58.) The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.
59.) There comes a time in every rightly constructed boy’s life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure.
60.) A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.
John C. Maxwell
61.) One man with courage makes a majority.
62.) The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.
63.) It is not the situation that makes the man, but the man who makes the situation.
Frederick William Robertson
Short Inspiring Quotes
64.) If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.
65.) You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
66.) When you know better, you do better.
67.) Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do.
68.) A witty woman is a treasure; a witty beauty is a power.
69.) Do or do not. There is no try.
70.) Believe you can, and you’re halfway there.
71.) If you can dance and be free and embarrassed, you can rule the world.
72.) We rise by lifting others.
73.) No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
74.) Goal setting is the secret to a compelling future.
75.) And though she is but little, she is fierce.
76.) I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.
C. G. Jung
77.) The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within— Strength, Courage, and Dignity.
78.) When someone tells you that you can’t, turn around and say, ‘watch me.’
79.) Sometimes, being a brother is even better than being a superhero.
Thought Provoking Insights
80.) Anything is possible. Anything can be.
81.) He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.
82.) Be who you are and say how you feel because those who mind don’t matter, and those that matter don’t mind.
83.) Unique and different is the next generation of beautiful.
84.) Why fit in when you were born to stand out?
85.) The most difficult thing is the decision to act; the rest is merely tenacity.
Inspirational Love Quotes
86.) Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.
87.) Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there’s love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.
88.) Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.
89.) Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.
90.) Just be kind.
91.) You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
92.) It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.
93.) Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.
94.) One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: that word is love.
95.) Love isn’t something you find. Love is something that finds you.
96.) Romance is the glamour that turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze.
97.) Spread love wherever you go.
Empowering Quotes About Education
98.) You can beat 40 scholars with one fact, but you can’t beat one idiot with 40 facts.
99.) Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.
100.) Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.
101.) Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.
102.) Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.
103.) You’ll find that education is just about the only thing lying around loose in this world, and it’s about the only thing a fellow can have as much of as he’s willing to haul away.
104.) Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.
105.) The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.
Sydney J. Harris
106.) The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
107.) Education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change the world.
108.) Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.
Anthony J. D’Angelo
109.) Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.
110.) Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.
111.) If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.
112.) Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
Inspirational Life Quotes
113.) The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
114.) It’s not what happens to you but how you react to it that matters.
115.) I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong.
116.) You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
117.) You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that, I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.
118.) The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.
119.) Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
Thomas A. Edison
120.) All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.
121.) If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.
122.) If life were predictable, it would cease to be life and be without flavor.
123.) The whole world is a series of miracles, but we’re so used to them we call them ordinary things.
Hans Christian Andersen
124.) Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.
125.) Stick to the basics, and hold on to your family and friends — they will never go out of fashion.
126.) When all the dust is settled, and all the crowds are gone, the things that matter are faith, family, and friends.
127.) In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony.
128.) It didn’t matter how big our house was; it mattered that there was love in it.
129.) Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights and our comfort when we occasionally falter.
130.) I sustain myself with the love of family.
Maya Angelou – See more Maya Agnelou quotes.
131.) Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.
132.) We may have our differences, but nothing’s more important than family.
133.) Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.
David Ogden Stiers
134.) When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching—they are your family.
135.) A family is a risky venture because the greater the love, the greater the loss – that’s the trade-off. But I’ll take it all.
136.) Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. And because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.
137.) Never give up on what you really want to do. A person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.
138.) As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
139.) Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.
140.) Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
141.) The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.
142.) I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.
143.) Look at life with the eyes of a child.
144.) To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone, and a funny bone.
145.) Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.
146.) Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.
e e cummings
147.) With the realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.
Famous Quotes for Teenagers
You might recognize some of these famous inspirational quotes for teens.
148.) We cannot solve problems with the kind of thinking we employed when we came up with them.
149.) If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.
150.) Nothing is particularly hard if you break it down into small jobs.
151.) The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.
152.) If I ever let my head down, it will be just to admire my shoes.
153.) Beautiful people are not always good, but good people are always beautiful.
154.) An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
155.) Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.
156.) I say, if your knees aren’t green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life.
Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes
157.) Fear? What has a man to do with fear? Chance rules our lives, and the future is all unknown. Best live as we may, from day to day.
158.) Take the attitude of a student; never be too big to ask questions, and never know too much to learn something new.
Augustine Og Mandino
159.) Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.
Henry David Thoreau
160.) Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.
I hope you enjoyed the quotes above. I’m going to leave you with my favorite quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, “Whatever you can do or dream, you can begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”
By Mike O’Halloran
Mike is the founder and editor of Greeting Card Poet.
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