200 Inspirational Quotes For Teens (For A Meaningful Life)

Here are 200 of the most inspirational quotes for teens. You’ll find quotes on life, hard times, school, happiness, 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

See also: be yourself quotes, love yourself quotes, motivation quotes

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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

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

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

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

See also: quotes to live by

Part 2. Inspirational Quotes For Teens That Are

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

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

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

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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Real resonates. Jack Butcher

The humble are beautiful. Maxime Lagacé

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

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

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

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

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_

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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_

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

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

Part 3. Inspirational Quotes For Teens About…

Inspirational Quotes For Teens About Life

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If the story of your life sounds a little bit crazy, you are doing things right. @orangebook_

Life isn’t always about doing the things we like to do. It’s about doing things we have to do. Success starts with that mindset. David Goggins

Life is like surfing. You’re paddling helpless in an infinite sea, being pushed by forces you can’t see. And while you can’t control the wave, the best you can do is hope to catch the wave and let it take you somewhere joyous. Mark Manson

You have limited fucks to give. Very few, in fact. And if you go around giving a fuck about everything and everyone without conscious thought or choice — well, then you’re going to get fucked. Mark Manson

You either choose to live life at the edge or in the middle. And either choice is okay. Preethi Kasireddy

The Internet gives us an infinite number of tools to learn anything. There are zero excuses for not waking up every morning and making use of them to pursue your dreams. …Or you can just sit here on the Internet and complain about how unfair life is. Preethi Kasireddy

When you first wake up don’t hop right on the phone or the Internet or even speak to anyone for even up to an hour if possible. Just be still and enjoy your own imagination. It’s better than any movie. Kanye West

Pick up any newspaper or magazine, open the TV, and you’ll be bombarded with suggestions of how to have a successful life. Some of these suggestions are deeply unhelpful to our own projects and priorities – and we should take care. Alain de Botton

Society is becoming accustomed to delaying gratification less and less, which means the payoff of delaying gratification grows more and more. James Clear

A good life path: First, say yes to everything, fail often, gather experience. Second, reflect, learn and improve. Third, teach others who are about to take the same path. Maxime Lagacé

Good habits formed at youth make all the difference. Aristotle

See also: life changing quotes

See also: How to Live Your Best Life Starting Today (lifehack.org)

Inspirational Quotes For Teens About Hard Times, Pain

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Become at ease with the state of “not knowing.” Eckhart Tolle

The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation, but your thoughts about it. Eckhart Tolle

The more you want something, the less you care about the suffering to get it. Maxime Lagacé

Tough times never last, but tough people do. Robert H. Schuller

Suffering ceases to be suffering, once it finds its meaning. Alain de Botton (See also: meaningful quotes)

Problems are only opportunities with thorns on them. Hugh Miller

If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan. Not the goal. ​Learn to adapt to a situation and how to improve your vision from there. Dea Kurti

Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. J.K. Rowling

Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. Paulo Coelho

One of the best things you can learn in life is to master remaining calm under pressure. Yvan Byeajee

You never know how the tough times you are going through today will inspire someone else tomorrow. Tim Tebow

Thankfully, persistence is a great substitute for talent. Steve Martin

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

See also: hard times quotes, quotes about strength

Inspirational Quotes For Teens About School, Learning

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Think for yourself and question everything. Anthony Pompliano

Tinkering, experimentation, trial and error. These are the greatest teachers. James Pierce

You learn nothing, if you think you’re right all the time. D. Muthukrishnan

Your degrees aren’t as valuable as your skills. Unknown

The only skill that will be important in the 21st century is the skill of learning new skills. Everything else will become obsolete over time. Peter Drucker

Keep learning. Doesn’t matter what it is. Just keep learning. Learning makes you feel alive. The minute you stop learning is the minute you stop living. Preethi Kasireddy

Learning how to learn is the real skill that you should graduate with. Thibaut (See also: How To Learn Faster – 30 Simple Hacks (Based On Science), wisdomquotes.com)

School requires you to learn about things after the answer has already been decided. Life requires you to learn about things while the answer is in the process of being decided. James Clear

The world is full of teachers but devoid of students. Naval Ravikant

To become average, learn at school. To become exceptional, self-educate. Maxime Lagacé

The best school ever created is free, and it’s called the Internet. Maxime Lagacé

Independent thinkers will always feel out of place in a classroom setting. @orangebook_

Don’t try to memorize, try to understand. Don’t try to be fast, try to be right. Don’t try to change others, try to change yourself. Don’t try to impress, try to learn. @orangebook_

You can dislike someone and still learn from them. Angela Jiang

I never pay attention to anything by “experts”. I calculate everything myself. Richard Feynman

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Inspirational Quotes For Teens About Friendship, Relationships

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The world is full of nice people. If you can’t find one, be one. Nishan Panwar

Surround yourself with those who believe in you. Your life is too important for anything less. Steve Goodier

Quantity seems important, but it’s not. Popularity seems important, but it’s not. Ultimately, what counts is true connection. Maxime Lagacé

Beware of groups of people who are harmful for your soul. Try to avoid them. You should praise good company and seek it. Leo Tolstoy

Every single person you meet is struggling. Chris Hadfield

Do not say anything about someone behind their back that you wouldn’t dare say in front of them. @TheAncientSage

Take no notice of anyone you don’t respect. Jeanette Winterson

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Honest conflict has more social value than dishonest harmony. Adrian Iliopoulos

The vast majority of people don’t care what you say or do the vast majority of the time. And this is liberating. Mark Manson

For paranoia about ‘what other people think’ : remember that only some hate, a very few love – and almost all just don’t care. Alain de Botton

“Interesting” people all started “weird.” @orangebook_

Some people will try to reduce you because your growth irritates their ego. @PersistentObser

When you do what you want and say what you feel, it’ll bring the people you want closer and push the people you don’t want further. Preethi Kasireddy

There is nothing noble being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self. Winston Churchill

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Inspirational Quotes For Teens About Self-Esteem

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Life becomes better when you stop thinking about what other people think. Play your own game. Shane Parrish

Truly great people don’t compare themselves to the outside world. They are too busy perfecting their own craft and watering their own grass. Thibaut

You can’t develop self-esteem on a safe road. The long hard road is the only one I know. Maxime Lagacé

Those who do not attempt to appear more than they are but are simply themselves, stand out as remarkable and are the only ones who truly make a difference in this world. Eckhart Tolle (A New Earth, Amazon book)

Do what you want to do but are scared to do. This is a sure way to learn more about yourself. @dailyzen

Be honest in everything you do, even if it means the occasional difficult confrontation. @dailyzen

You don’t need your lover. You need to be loved. You don’t need your job. You need to feel secure. You don’t need to be beautiful, cool, or popular. You need to feel appreciated. Ultimately, what you need is you. Mark Manson

Who you are is defined by the values you are willing to struggle for. Mark Manson

Being confident means believing in yourself. Ego means needing to prove that you’re better than other people. Barbara De Angelis (See also: confidence quotes)

So much gets lost under the inner imperative never to be a bit weird. Alain de Botton

The more labels you have for yourself, the dumber they make you. Paul Graham

A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes. Mahatma Gandhi

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See also: 8 Steps to Improving Your Self-Esteem (psychologytoday.com) or 10 tips for improving your self-esteem (au.reachout.com)

Inspirational Quotes For Teens About Happiness

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Happiness requires struggle. Mark Manson

Happiness is like being cool: the harder you try the less it’s going to happen. So stop trying. Start living. Mark Manson

If you can’t find pleasure in the simple or the mundane then you won’t find pleasure anywhere. Mark Manson

The less things you depend on, the easier it is to be happy. Maxime Lagacé

Acquiring things will rarely bring you deep satisfaction. But acquiring experiences will. Kevin Kelly

Find something you love to do. If you don’t make money at it, at least you love going to work. Mark Cuban

Take some time to turn off and just exist each day. No technology. No distractions. @dailyzen

There are few things we should keenly desire if we really knew what we wanted. François de La Rochefoucauld

If you are happy, you won’t waste time convincing anyone you are happy. @orangebook_

Work on something you’d be proud of even if it failed. Sahil Lavingia

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See also: How to Be Happy: 25 Habits to Add to Your Routine (healthline.com)

Inspirational Quotes For Teens About Success, Motivation

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Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live. Anne Sweeney

If you want to change the world you live in, start from your own city, school or community. Small changes are also changes! Aruzhan Koshkarova

Keep learning and surround yourself with people that inspire and motivate you. Don’t be at the same place next year as you are right now. Ian Cassel

Don’t be afraid of hard work. Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Don’t let others discourage you or tell you that you can’t do it. In my day I was told women didn’t go into chemistry. I saw no reason why we couldn’t. Gertrude B. Elion (Biochemist and Nobel Prize winner)

I’ll pick the disciplined non-genius over the lazy genius, every damn time. Being “genius” is overrated. Preethi Kasireddy (See also: discipline quotes)

To improve the world, change the idols of the youth from influencers and activists to scientists and entrepreneurs. Sven Schnieders

Most wealth is a reflection of an ability to delay gratification. It’s no more complicated than spending less than you earn and investing aggressively. Jack Butcher

Don’t believe everything you read online. Don’t listen to those with no skin in the game. Don’t pay attention to those who don’t respect yours. Don’t ask for permission before going off the beaten track. Don’t be scared of making mistakes. Success, the art of what to not do. @orangebook_

Any idiot can consume time and resources. Being able to produce is what sets you apart. @LifeMathMoney

Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do. Nelson Mandela (See also: focus quotes)

On your way up, show consideration to the ones you meet on their way down. Seamus Heaney

Success becomes a certainty once you find something you’re truly passionate about. You can’t fail at something you were born to do. Recognise your unique potential and success will follow you like a shadow. @TheAncientSage

Let the motive be in the deed and not in the event. Be not one whose motive for action is the hope of reward. Bhagavad Gita

The most beautiful success is inner peace. Maxime Lagacé

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See also: 7 Things You Need to Know to Live Your Best Life and Make a Better World (tinybuddha.com)

Part 4. 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)