"MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES FOR TEENS"
JANUARY 2007

January 31, 2007
"Love may seem blind, but never give up hope, never settle for second best. Pursue what you want, not what others around you want. You have to believe in yourself to conquer all."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Lisa B., Age 17 --- United Kingdom
Don't always believe the truth... Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it... Grow old along with me; the best is yet to be... have freedom and wisdom... inspire... Live. These are my ideas; I have been inspired... I hope you will be to.
January 31, 2007
"Success is getting knocked down 9 times but getting up 10."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by A.D., Age 15 --- Ohio
January 31, 2007
"Everyone falls down, but it means we have something to climb back up and learn along the way."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Sam B., Age 16 --- United Kingdom
January 31, 2007
"Friends are like religions. There are hundreds of them out there but only the true one can save you."
Written in 2007 by Benjamin R., Age 17 --- Tennessee
I wrote this after finding out that a friend stabbed me in the back. I was able to get through it thanks to God, and a true friend.

January 29, 2007
"It's hard to wait on something you know might never happen, but it's even harder to give it up when you know it's everything you want."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Jade J., Age 14 --- Texas
January 29, 2007
"Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you, and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, because hate in your heart will consume you too."
Written in 2006 by Mattie H., Age 13 --- Georgia
I love this quote because it's hard to forgive people when they treat you bad but you have to just let God deal with those things.
January 29, 2007
"In order to be someone, you must first be yourself."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Irish S., Age 15 --- Utah
January 29, 2007
"It's not the situation that we are introduced to, but it's how we react (negative) or respond (positive) to the situation that's important."
Written in 2007 by Paul F., Age 13 --- Georgia
January 24, 2007
"Look toward the future. Nothing in the past can stop you, except yourself!"
Written in 2007 by Tammie W., Age 15 --- Arizona
I thought of this quote while I was living in a group home.
January 24, 2007
"Life will move on...even if your heart doesn't."
Written in 2007 by Lonita P., Age 17 --- Georgia
I wrote this quote because even though you might love someone, eventually you have to accept that the relationship is over and move on with your life.
January 24, 2007
"To learn to succeed, you must first learn to fail."
Michael Jordan --- Submitted by Sidney E., Age 14 --- Texas
January 22, 2007
"Because it hasn't been done before, doesn't mean it can't be done. Those who are afraid to make a mistake will never make a significant achievement."
Ted Hood --- Submitted by Carlie T., Age 14 --- Australia
Being an Artistic Roller Skater and wanting to compete at World Championships one day, this is what I live by.
January 22, 2007
"If you're doing something and you don't die, it only makes you stronger."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Lyndsay C., Age 15 --- Michigan
My cheerleading coach told me this before every game we went to. I was the spotter and the girl that was getting thrown up in the air fell on top of me. I broke my leg and left arm. It doesn't sound bad but I learned something from this quote... I didn't face death but my injuries made me weak at the time but stronger afterwards. Now I am a motocross racer and I'm most likely to fear NOTHING so what doesn't kill you will only make you stronger.
January 22, 2007
"The impossible is only what you haven't tried to do yet."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by T.G., Age 13 --- Texas
January 22, 2007
Lessons That I Have Learned About Life:

Life is hard short and sweet
Learn for your mistakes and try not to repeat
Love a lot without holding back
Be thankful for what you have
And don't worry about what you lack
Put family first and friends shortly after
Don't spend your life being down
Be remembered for your laughter
Be happy friendly and kind but speak your mind
For those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
Written in 2005 by Jessica L., Age 17 --- Virginia
I think these are really things to live by.
January 17, 2007
"There's no such thing as too much kindness, too many hugs, or too great a love. If anything, there are not enough of these things."
Written in 2007 by Tajali H., Age 15 --- Canada
Written for the people in Darfur...
January 17, 2007
"Strange as it may seem, our hope is not found in the sunlight of tomorrow but in the tears of yesterday."
Written in 2007 by Molly M., Age 16 --- Illinois
This quote means a lot to me. The way I see it, we all make mistakes and learn from our past. If it wasn't for our hard times in the past, we wouldn't get to the good times or sunlight in the future so our hope is found in the tears and not the joy; but ultimately the tears produce joy.
January 17, 2007
"A friend reaches for your hand but touches your heart."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by J.M., Age 14 --- North Carolina
I am submitting this quote because it reminds me of the many friends I have that have touched my life. And if any of my friends are reading this, then I want you to know you are the best friends that anyone could ever have!
January 17, 2007
"Life may be like a roller coaster, you know have its ups and downs, and it could end in a split second...the only difference is you can't get another ticket and try it again. If you keep your eyes open and look ahead, it could be the best ride you ever tried. But if you close your eyes, then your can really miss out on the great things. So, who are you going to be? The person in the front trying to enjoy it all, the person with their eyes close missing the great stuff about it or the person on the ground to scared to try it at all? Make up your mind! Do you really want to get on this rollercoaster or do you want to watch while people are going through their ups and downs??"
Written in 2006 by J.V., Age 15 --- Montana
I just wrote this off the top of my head sort of trying to inspire myself to get over something. Hopefully this will help you with your situation, whatever it is in your life.
January 15, 2007
"Remember the past, but forget it. Look to the future, but don't focus on it. Live in the present with all you've got, but remember every action has a consequence."
Written in 2006 by Madeline M., Age 15 --- Louisiana
I wrote this quote because it reminds me a lot about how to live my life: to always remember the past because it's a part of who I am, but that I shouldn't dwell on it; to look forward to my future, but not to forget my life in the present; to live my life to the fullest, but not to live it by making stupid decisions.
January 15, 2007
"You are who you are, no matter what they say. Only you can change you, and only you can make you do the things you do. Don't ever let anyone tell you any different."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Joanna C., Age 16 --- California
Sometimes you may be made fun of for the things you do, or the clothes you wear, or the shoes on your feet but just remember who runs your life. At the end of the day, you're still you and there is nothing they can do about it. No matter how much they ridicule you, dress for you, not for them.
January 15, 2007
"Love can't make the winter warmer but it'll make you stronger to resist the cold."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Thao N., Age 15 --- Viet Nam
January 15, 2007
"Build bridges instead of walls."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Shelly S., Age 16 --- Canada
This may be a small quote with few words, but if you think about it you will realize the true meaning - Hold onto your friends.
January 10, 2007
"You are you and they are them. Instead of fitting in with them, fit in with yourself. Care for them but also care for yourself. Look to yourself for decisions instead of them. They are no more knowledgeable than you are. Be friends with yourself as you are them. Are they positive or negative? You decide who you are instead of them. Love, care, and pray for yourself. Don't be selfish, just loving."
Written in 2005 by Jessie O. --- North Carolina
January 10, 2007
Memories are the Best!

Memories are the best gift ever!
This is because they last until the end of Never!
These wondrous presents are made each and every passing day,
In our minds and hearts they are molded as if they were clay.

Memories rekindle the burning flame in our hearts,
And they never dare let a friendship fall apart.
These keepsakes lock away precious treasures,
Ones that only the real thing could match in measure.

Memories are the best gift to ever receive,
Because in love, friendship, and life
They teach us to believe!
These moments in time last...FOREVER!
That is why MEMORIES are the best gift ever!!!
Written in 2006 by Casey C., Age 15 --- Tennessee
Two of my closest friends are moving away tomorrow and I am filled with sadness. However, I know that I can make it through because of all the great memories that we have shared together. Just remember all the good times, and even the embarrassing ones, because they can help you through a rough patch in your life. Memories... These are the one gift that I will always treasure!
January 10, 2007
"Every path has its share of puddles, but you're not supposed to avoid them, you're supposed to have fun jumping in them."
Written in 2006 by Rachel M., Age 15 --- Canada
January 10, 2007
"Many in losing win. Many in winning lose. Your life is what you make it; every victory should inspire you, every loss, more so. Do not let your attitude bring you down or each victory shall be a loss, and each loss shall be concreted. Let your mentality be your wings, and let them carry you toward your goals, until the end of your days."
Written in 2006 by Hugo, Age 14 --- New Zealand
Thought of this after not doing as well at Nationals in Judo as I had expected.
January 8, 2007
"I was taught to love everything I have. I learned to never give up, to believe in myself, and most of all, to fight for myself."
Written in 2006 by Heather B., Age 14 --- Georgia
I love this quote because it explains a lot of life.
January 8, 2007
"A man with friends can never fail."
Author Unknown --- Submitted by Dean S., Age 15 --- Illinois
January 8, 2007
"Sometimes when you have let go. It doesn't make you weak; it just makes you stronger. If you had the choice to be weak or strong, which would you want to be?"
Written in 2006 by Chelsea C., Age 14 --- Louisiana