Top 100 Most Inspiring Quotes For Teens To Get Them Through The Toughest Times

Moumita Dutta
Dec 12, 2023 By Moumita Dutta
Originally Published on Feb 14, 2021
Edited by Jacob Fitzbright
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Humans primarily have four developmental stages - infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.

Adolescence, or the teenage years, is the phase between 12 and 18 years of age. It is the phase characterized by rapid and significant physical, emotional, psychological, and intellectual changes.

While adolescence signifies an important milestone from the developmental point of view, it is one of the toughest times in a teen's life. From social interactions and family issues, to studies and career, our teenage years are a time that markedly affects all aspects of an individual's life. Naturally, young people are faced with an overwhelming intensity of stress, anxiety, and turmoil.

Here are some good inspirational quotes for teens that will make them happy and help them sail through life's worst!

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Famous Motivational Teen Quotes

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Here are some short inspirational quotes for teens that every teenager will find helpful.

1. "It isn't where you came from. It's where you're going that counts."

- Ella Fitzgerald.

2. "Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong."

- Ella Fitzgerald.

3. "No matter what you're going through, there's a light at the end of the tunnel."

- Demi Lovato.

4. "When you have a dream, you've got to grab it and never let go."

- Carol Burnett.

5. "Believe you can and you're halfway there."

- Theodore Roosevelt.

6. "I never dreamed about success, I worked for it."

- Estée Lauder.

7. "Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."

- William James.

8. "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."

- Walt Disney.

9. "Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye."

- Hellen Keller.

10. "It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop."

- Confucius.

11. "Imagination is more important than knowledge."

- Albert Einstein.

12. "However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at."

- Stephen Hawking.

Friendship Quotes For Teenagers

Check out these inspirational quotes for teens about friends that will help them nurture friendships.

13. "We form friendships so that we can feel certain emotions, like love, and avoid others, like loneliness."

- Sam Harris.

14. "Always admit when you're wrong. You'll save thousands in therapy... and a few friendships too."

- Harvey Fierstein.

15. "Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence."

- Sydney Smith.

16. "Friendships are fragile things, and require as much handling as any other fragile and precious thing."

- Randolph Bourne.

17. "Teamwork can build friendships that last a lifetime."

- Natalya Neidhart.

18. "Family and friends and faith are the most important things in your life and you should be building friendships."

- Barbara Bush.

19. "A man's friendships are one of the best measures of his worth."

- Charles Darwin.

20. “A good friend is a connection to life - a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world.”

- Lois Wyse.

21. "Friendships in childhood are usually a matter of chance, whereas in adolescence they are most often a matter of choice."

- David Elkind.

22. “Friends are relatives you make for yourself.”

- Eustache Deschamps.

23. "Don't make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up."

- Thomas J. Watson.

24. “A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care of all to acquire.”

- François de La Rochefoucauld.

25. “Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend.”

- Plautus.

Enriching Life Quotes For Teens About Resilience

If inner strength is what you seek, here are some inspirational quotes for teens about resilience.

26. “Resilience means you experience, you feel, you fail, you hurt. You fall. But, you keep going.”

- Yasmin Mogahed.

27. “Resilience is knowing that you are the only one that has the power and the responsibility to pick yourself up.”

- Mary Holloway.

28. "A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work."

- Colin Powell.

29. “No matter how much falls on us, we keep plowing ahead. That's the only way to keep the roads clear.”

- Greg Kincaid.

30. “The human capacity for burden is like bamboo- far more flexible than you'd ever believe at first glance.”

- Jodi Picoult.

31. "Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it's less good than the one you had before."

- Elizabeth Edwards.

32. “The oak fought the wind and was broken, the willow bent when it must and survived.”

- Robert Jordan.

33. “Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.”

- Steve Maraboli.

34. "Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."

- Helen Keller.

35. "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."

- Winston Churchill.

Positive Life Quotes For Troubled Teenagers

Here are some famous inspirational quotes for teens with problems in life that will help them deal with adversities better.

36. "We should all celebrate our individuality and not be embarrassed or ashamed of it."

- Johnny Depp.

37. “Never dull your shine for somebody else.”

- Tyra Banks.

38. “We must not allow other people’s limited perceptions to define us.”

- Virginia Satir.

39. “Take care not to listen to anyone who tells you what you can and can’t be in life.”

- Meg Medina.

40. "The darkest night is often the bridge to the brightest tomorrow."

- Jonathan Lockwood Huie.

41. "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else."

- Judy Garland.

42. "No other version, no matter how perfect it is, would ever feel better than being your true self."

- Edmond Mbiaka.

43. “Nothing is particularly hard if you break it down into small jobs.”

- Henry Ford.

44. "When everything seems to be going against you, remember…the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it."

- Henry Ford.

45. "It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success."

- J. K. Rowling.

46. “You have to be authentic, you have to be true, and you have to believe in your heart.”

- Howard Schultz.

47. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

- Thomas A. Edison.

Teen Quotes For Young Visionaries

Here you can read the most inspirational quotes for teens on being a visionary.

48. "The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist."

- Eric Hoffer.

49. "Leaders of the future will have to be visionary and be able to bring people in - real communicators."

- Anita Borg.

50. "You don't have to be a genius or a visionary or even a college graduate to be successful. You just need a framework and a dream."

- Michael Dell.

51. "The visionary starts with a clean sheet of paper, and re-imagines the world."

- Malcolm Gladwell.

52. “Visionary builds what dreamers imagined.”

- Toba Beta.

53. “Visionaries will always meet opposition from weak minds but the seeds they plant always save the world.”

- Bangambiki Habyarimana.

54. "When the vision is clear, the results will appear."

- Germany Kent.

55. “Great people stand out from others by their visions and not much by their intelligence.”

- Amit Ray.

56. "Don't be an interpreter of reality, be a visionary. Don't think about it, see it!"

- Osho.

57. "Visionaries not only believe that the impossible can be done, but that it must be done."

-  Bran Ferren.

Teenager Quotes To Motivate Them For Their Studies

Here are some amazing inspirational quotes for teens to study and inspirational quotes for teens at school that will motivate teenagers to work harder.

58. “My advice is, never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.”

- Charles Dickens.

59. “The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”

- Thomas A. Edison.

60. “Don’t be afraid of failure. This is the way to succeed.”

- LeBron James.

61. "Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses."

- George Washington Carver.

62. "Knowledge will bring you the opportunity to make a difference."

- Claire Fagin.

63. "You always pass failure on the way to success."

- Mickey Rooney.

64. "An investment in knowledge pays the best dividends."

- Benjamin Franklin.

65. "I am a great believer in luck. The harder I work, the more of it I seem to have."

- Coleman Cox.

66. "The secret of success is to do the common things uncommonly well."

-  John D. Rockefeller.

67. "Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential."

- John C. Maxwell.

68. "Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."

- John Wooden.

Christian Inspirational Quotes For Teens

Check out these Catholic inspirational quotes for teens to better navigate through life.

69. “It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you."

- St. John Paul II.

70. "Fasting and almsgiving are ‘the two wings of prayer’ which enable it to gain momentum and more easily reach even to God."

- St. Augustine.

71. “What really matters in life is that we are loved by Christ and that we love Him in return."

- St. John Paul II.

72. "Patience obtains all things."

- St. Teresa of Avila.

73. “Have patience with all things, but first of all with yourself.”

- St. Francis de Sales.

74. “Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”

- St. John Paul II.

Powerful Quotes For Teenagers By Martin Luther King Jr.

Here are some of the best inspirational quotes for teens by Martin Luther King Jr. that will urge young people to strive towards greatness.

75. “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.”

- Martin Luther King Jr.

76. “Forgiveness is not an occasional act. It is a permanent attitude.”

- Martin Luther King Jr.

77. "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

- Martin Luther King Jr.

78. “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

- Martin Luther King Jr.

79. "In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds."

- Martin Luther King Jr.

80. “Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”

- Martin Luther King Jr.

81. “We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.”

- Martin Luther King Jr.

82. “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

- Martin Luther King Jr.

83. “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’”

- Martin Luther King Jr.

Nelson Mandela Quotes To Inspire The Youth

Here are some inspirational quotes for teens by Nelson Mandela that will change their outlook on life.

84. “It is what we make out of what we have given, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.”

- Nelson Mandela.

85. “Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward.”

- Nelson Mandela.

86. “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.”

- Nelson Mandela.

87. “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”

- Nelson Mandela.

88. "Difficulties break some men but make others."

- Nelson Mandela.

89. "Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again."

- Nelson Mandela.

90. "I like friends who have independent minds because they tend to make you see problems from all angles."

- Nelson Mandela.

91. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

- Nelson Mandela.

Wise And Positive Quotes For The Young By Eleanor Roosevelt

Below we have a compilation of the most inspirational quotes for teens from Eleanor Roosevelt, the former First Lady.

92. "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

- Eleanor Roosevelt.

93. "You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face."

- Eleanor Roosevelt.

94. “If life were predictable, it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.”

- Eleanor Roosevelt.

95. “You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude.”

- Eleanor Roosevelt.

96. “You must do the things you think you cannot do.”

- Eleanor Roosevelt.

97. “You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.”

- Eleanor Roosevelt.

98. "One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes... and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility."

- Eleanor Roosevelt.

99. "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

- Eleanor Roosevelt.

100. "Have convictions. Be friendly. Stick to your beliefs as they stick to theirs. Work as hard as they do."

- Eleanor Roosevelt.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for inspiring quotes for teens then why not take a look at [inspiring baseball quotes], or teenager quotes.

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Written by Moumita Dutta

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

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Moumita DuttaBachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

A content writer and editor with a passion for sports, Moumita has honed her skills in producing compelling match reports and stories about sporting heroes. She holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Calcutta University, alongside a postgraduate diploma in Sports Management.

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