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Inspirational Quotes For Teens

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.
Paul Tournier

Best inspirational quotes for teen.

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.
Winston Churchill

Gandhi quote on being the change.

4.) You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
Mahatma Gandhi

5.) Be a first-rate version of yourself, not a second-rate version of someone else.
Judy Garland

6.) Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.
Zig Ziglar

7.) A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.
David Brinkley

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We all can dance quote.

8.) We all can dance when we find music we love.
Giles Andreae

9.) Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
Winston Churchill

10.) Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.
Babe Ruth

Inspiring Sayings

11.) Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
Theodore Roosevelt

12.) Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.
H. Jackson Brown

Walt Disney on dreams coming true - inspirational quotes for teens.

13.) All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.
Walt Disney

14.) The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
Dr. Seuss

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.
Tina Fey

Life is either a great adventure or nothing.

17.) Life is either a great adventure or nothing.
Helen Keller

18.) No matter what you look like or think you look like, you’re special, loved, and perfect just the way you are.
Ariel Winter

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.
Byron Pulsifer

20.) Winning doesn’t always mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve done before.
Bonnie Blair

21.) Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.
Coco Chanel

Empowering Quotes for Girls

22.) Women challenge the status quo because we are never it.
Cindy Gallop

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.
Madeleine Albright

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.
Lady Gaga

25.) A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.
Coco Chanel

Live as if you were to die tomorrow quote - inspirational quotes for teens.

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

27.) The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it.
Roseanne Barr

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.
Amy Tenney

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.
Malala Yousafzai

30.) The woman who does not require validation from anyone is the most feared individual on the planet.
Mohadesa Najumi

31.) Whenever you see a successful woman, look out for three men who are going out of their way to try to block her.
Yulia Tymoshenko

32.) She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.
Proverbs 31:25

33.) You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.
Melissa Etheridge

Funny Quotes

34.) People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.
Zig Ziglar

35.) A peacock that rests on his tail feathers is just another turkey.
Dolly Parton

36.) I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.
Lily Tomlin

37.) Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.
George Burns

38.) Be a positive energy trampoline – absorb what you need and rebound more back.
Dave Carolan

39.) You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
Jack London

40.) If at first, you don’t succeed, then skydiving definitely isn’t for you.
Steven Wright

41.) If you’re going through hell, keep going.
Winston Churchill

42.) Work until your bank account looks like a phone number.

43.) Bad decisions make good stories.
Ellis Vidler

Amusing Insights

44.) I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.
Oscar Wilde

45.) If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.
Dalai Lama

46.) When life gives you lemons, squirt someone in the eye.
Cathy Guisewite

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?
Steven Wright

49.) A clear conscience is a sure sign of a bad memory.
Mark Twain

Uplifting Quotes for Boys

50.) Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
Albert Einstein

51.) A man who has committed a mistake and doesn’t correct it is committing another mistake.
Confucius Kongzi

52.) One secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.
Benjamin Disraeli

Build bridges, not walls quotations by MLK, Jr.

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.
Andrew Carnegie

55.) A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.
Ayn Rand

56.) You can’t see the water until you run into it. A little boy took off running through it. He got all muddy.
Shannon O’Brien

57.) A boy’s story is the best that is ever told.
Charles Dickens

58.) The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.
Thomas Paine

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.
Mark Twain

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

One man with courage makes a majority.

61.) One man with courage makes a majority.
Andrew Jackson

62.) The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way.
Dale Carnegie

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.
Margaret Thatcher

65.) You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
Dr. Seuss

66.) When you know better, you do better.
Maya Angelou

67.) Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do.
John Wooden

68.) A witty woman is a treasure; a witty beauty is a power.
George Meredith

69.) Do or do not. There is no try.

70.) Believe you can, and you’re halfway there.
Theodore Roosevelt

71.) If you can dance and be free and embarrassed, you can rule the world.
Amy Poehler

We rise by lifting others.

72.) We rise by lifting others.
Robert Ingersol

73.) No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Eleanor Roosevelt

74.) Goal setting is the secret to a compelling future.
Tony Robbins

75.) And though she is but little, she is fierce.
William Shakespeare

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.
Ruby Dee

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.
Marc Brown

Thought Provoking Insights

80.) Anything is possible. Anything can be.
Shel Silverstein

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.
Dr. Seuss

83.) Unique and different is the next generation of beautiful.
Taylor Swift

84.) Why fit in when you were born to stand out?
Dr. Seuss

85.) The most difficult thing is the decision to act; the rest is merely tenacity.
Amelia Earhart

Inspirational Love Quotes

86.) Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.
James Baldwin

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.
Ella Fitzgerald

88.) Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.
Bertrand Russell

89.) Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.
Lucille Ball

Just be kind saying.

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.
Andre Gide

93.) Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.
Lord Byron

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.
Loretta Young

96.) Romance is the glamour that turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze.
Elinor Glyn

97.) Spread love wherever you go.

Spread love.

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.
Albert Einstein

100.) Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.
Malcolm X

101.) Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.
Albert Einstein

102.) Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.
Chinese Proverb

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.
John Graham

104.) Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.
John Dewey

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.
Nelson Mandela

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.
W.B. Yeats

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.
Albert Einstein

112.) Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
Malcolm Forbes

Inspirational Life Quotes

113.) The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
Dalai Lama

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.
Audrey Hepburn

116.) You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
Mae West

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.
Maya Angelou

118.) The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.
Nelson Mandela

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.
Mark Twain

121.) If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.
Albert Einstein

122.) If life were predictable, it would cease to be life and be without flavor.
Eleanor Roosevelt

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.
Steve Jobs

Family Quotations

125.) Stick to the basics, and hold on to your family and friends — they will never go out of fashion.
Niki Taylor

126.) When all the dust is settled, and all the crowds are gone, the things that matter are faith, family, and friends.
Barbara Bush

127.) In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony.
Friedrich Nietzsche

128.) It didn’t matter how big our house was; it mattered that there was love in it.
Peter Buffett

129.) Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights and our comfort when we occasionally falter.
Brad Henry

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.
Anthony Brandt

132.) We may have our differences, but nothing’s more important than family.
Coco Chanel

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.
Jim Butcher

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.
Brad Pitt

Self-Belief Quotes

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.
Albert Einstein

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.
Langston Hughes

140.) Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
Will Rogers

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.
Maya Angelou

143.) Look at life with the eyes of a child.
Henri Matisse

144.) To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone, and a funny bone.
Reba McEntire

145.) Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.
Roald Dahl

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.
Dalai Lama

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.
Albert Einstein

149.) If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.
Steve Jobs

150.) Nothing is particularly hard if you break it down into small jobs.
Henry Ford

151.) The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.
Helen Keller

152.) If I ever let my head down, it will be just to admire my shoes.
Marilyn Monroe

153.) Beautiful people are not always good, but good people are always beautiful.
Imam Ali

154.) An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
Benjamin Franklin

155.) Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.
Bruce Lee

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

Notable Quotations

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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