120 Inspirational Quotes For Teens (For A Meaningful Life)

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Here are 120 of the most inspirational quotes for teens. Some will be short, funny and others motivational. You’ll find authors like Eminem, Michelle and Barack Obama, Steve Jobs, Mel Robbins, and a lot more. Hope you’ll love them!

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

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Everyone you admire was once a beginner. Jack Butcher

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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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

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

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

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The Best Inspirational Quotes For Teens

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Don’t be afraid to be an idealist. Maria Popova

Keep true to the dreams of your youth. Friedrich Schiller

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

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

Do things for joy or for learning, not for attention. @dailyzen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Daily silence and solitude is what you need to stop caring what they think. Maxime Lagacé

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

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

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

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

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

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The Most Famous Inspirational For Teens (Obama, Walt Disney, Roosevelt, etc.)

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You can do anything you set your mind to. Eminem

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

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

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

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

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. Jim Rohn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We must tell girls their voices are important. Malala Yousafzai

Everyone should be their own biggest fan. Kanye West

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

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

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

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Short Inspirational Quotes For Teens

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The humble are beautiful. Maxime Lagacé

Real resonates. Jack Butcher

Turn the pain into power. Unknown

Quit talking and being doing. Unknown

Attachment leads to suffering. Buddha

Life is better when you’re laughing. Unknown

Mainstream news is mental programming. Preethi Kasireddy

Be a student of the world, not a judge. @dailyzen

Just be real, that’s all you got to do. @trey_wing6

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Don’t trade your authenticity for approval. Kanye West

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

Have conviction. It makes you irresistible. Preethi Kasireddy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Motivational And Positive Quotes For Teens

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Youth comes but once in a lifetime. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

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

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

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

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. @orangebook_

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There’s something inside that’s ready to bloom if you can just care enough, and I know you can. Maxime Lagacé

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

Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate. Ed Latimore

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

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

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

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

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. @TheAncientSage

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

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Funny And Surprising Quotes For Teens

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

Adolescence is just one big walking pimple. Carol Burnett

Stop f***ing eating sugar. Get some sleep. Move throughout the day. Get some sunlight. Drink some saltwater and hydrate. Take care of your shit. Get the basics down. Aubrey Marcus

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

To an adolescent, there is nothing in the world more embarrassing than a parent. Dave Barry (See also: parenting quotes)

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Deep Inspirational Quotes For Teens

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The desire to belong often overpowers the desire to improve. James Clear

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

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

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

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

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

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

Consensus does not equal truth. Especially when consensus is socially enforced. @LifeMathMoney

I’ve found meaning and success by going right when others went left, and down when others went up. Maxime Lagacé

Growth starts when you realize no one cares about you and your mistakes. @orangebook_

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 (See also: inner peace quotes)

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

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

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Wise Inspirational Quotes For Teens

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You become wise when you realize only a handful of things are worth it. Maxime Lagacé (See also: health quotes, hard work quotes, relationship quotes)

The smarter you get, the less you react when it’s not worth it. @orangebook_

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

Focus on what brings you energy, not what sucks it away. @dailyzen

Whatever scares or discomforts you is your teacher. @dailyzen

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

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

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

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 (See also: zen quotes)

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

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

Competition is fun when you are talented. Competition is dreadful when you are average. Competition is unnecessary when you are unique. @orangebook_

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. @orangebook_

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See also: 11 Pieces Of Advice To Give To The Teenagers In Your Life (aconsciousrethink.com)

Part 3. Conclusion

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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

Call to action: Read Know Yourself? 6 Specific Ways to Know Who You Are (psychologytoday.com) or watch How To Know Yourself (6 minutes YouTube video by The School of Life)

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maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running. His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two and also loves running. His best 5k is 17 minutes 41 seconds and his best marathon (42k) is in 3 hours 33 minutes 11 seconds (with 1800 meters of elevation gain).

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, nutrition, bananas, human potential, education, learning, productivity and minimalism.

Finally, he is (very) far from being perfect.

You can find him on Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Quora, Strava, Sportstats, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube.

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