"MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES FOR TEENS"
SUBMITTED BY TEENS
OCTOBER 2002


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  • October 30, 2002
    " We must dare to think 'unthinkable' thoughts. We must learn to explore all the options and possibilities that confront us in a complex and rapidly changing world. We must learn to welcome and not to fear the voices of dissent. We must dare to think about 'unthinkable things' because when things become unthinkable, thinking stops and action becomes mindless."
    James W. Fulbright --- Submitted by Ricky K., Age 15 --- Delhi, India


  • October 30, 2002
    " When you meet people, meet their heart, and not their past."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by C.B., Age 16 --- Texas


  • October 30, 2002
    " Believing in people helps you and others to succeed."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Alexa S., Age 13 --- New York
    Thank you Ms. Johannesen for always believing in me!


  • October 30, 2002
    " By living for today, you inadvertently prepare for tomorrow. By living for tomorrow, you sometimes forget to live for today."
    Written in 2002 by Naomi A., Age 18 --- England, United Kingdom


  • October 30, 2002
    " When you judge people, you don't define them, you just make yourself look like an idiot!"
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Jansen S., Age 17 --- Florida
    Don't judge people based on their wealth, ethnic background or by the color of their skin. That just makes YOU look stupid because you won't give them the chance to prove that they're something more than just another face in the crowd!


  • October 28, 2002
    " For just one moment, stop and think, think about what the world needs of you, and not of what you want of it. Envision a vision that can reach fruition."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Dia F., Age 17 --- Grenada, West Indies


  • October 28, 2002
    " You were not put on this earth to impress anyone but yourself."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Marya M., Age 13 --- Colorado


  • October 28, 2002
    " It was mostly just doing it. You have to do it again and again and again."
    Lewis Black --- Submitted by Tony H., Age 19 --- Wisconsin


  • October 28, 2002
    " Love is like a rainbow...everything good lies on the other side."
    Oprah Winfrey --- Submitted by Aimerika R., Age 13 --- Wisconsin
    I absolutely LOVE this quote! Every time I look at a rainbow now I get chills. It helps me get over all of my ex-boyfriends, because I know that I will, one day, find my true love. It's pasted all over my walls, notebooks, and locker. Never stop trying to find your rainbow.


  • October 28, 2002
    " Sometimes life seems hopeless, but if you were never sad, then how could you enjoy being happy?"
    Copyright © 2002 Christine Flannery


  • October 25, 2002
    " Living is a challenge. Not dying. Dying is so easy. Sometimes it only takes ten seconds to die, but living? That can take you eighty years and you do something in that time. Whether it is giving birth to a baby, or being a housewife, or a barrister or a solder. You've accomplished something. To throw that away at any age and not to have hope is the biggest tragedy."
    Melina Marchetta --- Submitted by Louise O., Age 18 --- NSW, Australia
    This is from a great book called "Looking for Alibrandi". I find that this quote helps me when I am down or depressed. It makes me realize I am living to achieve my dreams.


  • October 25, 2002
    " Over coming the mistakes you've made in the past is the biggest thrill in one's life. But having your brother continue to look down upon you only makes you more determined to succeed."
    Written in 2002 by Kimmy S., Age 16 --- Michigan
    My brother and I are only 1 year apart, which makes life really challenging. After continuing to make mistakes in my life, my brother really made me want to be a better person. It wasn't my parents that I feared to tell what happened, it was my brother's face of disappointment that made me change my life around.


  • October 25, 2002
    " May you always find all the love that you need, and need all the love that you can find."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Andrea L., Age 13 --- Wisconsin


  • October 25, 2002
    " It's kind of fun to do the impossible."
    Walt Disney --- Submitted by H.N., Age 15 --- Prince Edward Island, Canada


  • October 25, 2002
    " The most important things in life... aren't things."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Jamie W., Age 15 --- England, United Kingdom
    I think this message has a strong motive because no matter how much money or how many luxuries you have the most important things in life are friends and family.


  • October 25, 2002
    " Infatuation, a craze, never the less, a warm breeze....for some it comes and goes like day and night, but one shall never detect the arrival of such a craze till it takes your breath away...."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by J.M., Age 16 --- Ontario, Canada


  • October 23, 2002
    " We came, we competed, and we conquered.
    What did you do today?"
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Elizabeth D., Age 16 --- Colorado
    My friend Beth told me this and it just applies to so much


  • October 23, 2002
    " At this level almost everyone has the physical tools to be the best. It comes down to a few things: how bad you want it, what you do when things get hard, and whether you are able to stay focused amid turmoil, challenge, chaos and demands. It's all in your head and in your heart."
    Michelle Akers --- Submitted by LZ M., Age 16 --- Illinois


  • October 23, 2002
    " Others hope for the best, we expect it!"
    Cheer Factory All-Stars --- Submitted by Brandi S., Age 17 --- Texas
    I cheer for Cheer Factory All-Stars and this is our motivational quote!


  • October 23, 2002
    " The meaning of life is found in the journey, not the destination."
    Sent in by Anonymous, Age 19 --- QLD, Australia
    I hope this helps people to understand especially teens that motivation is key to getting out there and enjoying life.


  • October 23, 2002
    " Always tell your friends you love them, because you never know when today will be their last."
    Written in 2001 by KaSandra B., Age 17 --- Indiana


  • October 21, 2002
    " Just because things in life sometimes don't look too great on the outside, give them a chance. Look past the outside to see their true inner beauty."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by C.D., Age 12 --- New York


  • October 21, 2002
    " Think about your choices; it makes a big difference in the way people will look at you."
    Written in 2002 by Sara K., Age 14 --- South Carolina
    I thought of this quote because my friends and I made a mistake and it affected the way many people looked at us. I know they will never look at me or my other friends the same again. All I am saying is just think before you do something you know isn't right. I know all your parents probably say that to you but it is true...I have gone through it.


  • October 21, 2002
    Love is the ultimate form of caring.
    Love is what I feel for you.
    Love is the power that keeps us together.
    Love is the strength to get us through.
    With you and me, it's not impossible.
    I just need to think of you.
    Once I feel the love of your essence.
    Then I know our love is true.
    Written in 2002 by Tim A., Age 13 --- British Columbia, Canada
    I wrote this poem about the first girl that I ever loved. It helped me get over her and I would like to share it with all of you teens.... my peers.


  • October 21, 2002
    " Maybe it's more important to be a friend than to have one."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Allison B., Age 15 --- Texas


  • October 21, 2002
    " Solutions to problems are often like taking medicine: It's the last thing you want to do but it's the only thing that will make things better."
    Written in 2002 by E. Murdock, Age 19


  • October 18, 2002
    " One cannot see the clouds in his life without first looking up to find the sun."
    Copyright © 2002 Megan Brunmier
    I have been implementing changes in my life and I'm discovering how right all of those who said change is hard were. I was asked how things were going by a friend and trying to be honest without sounding as though I were complaining, I said that things were a little cloudy and unclear but that I had faith that those clouds would part. That where it came about. I realized that if I hadn't been looking for the good in my situation I would not have seen any clouds and clouds aren't a bad thing to have in one's life; I know I now appreciate the sun.


  • October 18, 2002
    " If you say things can only get worse, they will. But if you say things could get worse but they could also get better, they will probably get better."
    Copyright © 2002 Kaala Myers


  • October 18, 2002
    " Hope when all seems hopeless;
    Dream when there's no time;
    Pray when your world is falling apart;
    Soar when you're born to fly!"
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Leah Y., Age 17 --- Oregon


  • October 18, 2002
    " It takes a second to say but a lifetime to realize why what you said hurt."
    Written in 2002 by L.M., Age 15 --- Queensland, Australian External Territories
    No one knows just how much their one little comment might actually affect the person it's about.


  • October 18, 2002
    " What you give is what you get."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Reena A., Age 18 --- Quebec, Canada
    I regret not realizing this long ago. But now...this is one belief I live with. You give respect, you get respect, you give love, you get love ...and it goes on...


  • October 16, 2002
    " Isn't it nice to know that you are special and unique, just like everyone else on the planet?"
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Mahealani L., Age 14 --- Hawaii


  • October 16, 2002
    " God has a plan for us all-remember that when you're ready to just give up."
    Written in 2002 by Julianne W., Age 14 --- Texas


  • October 16, 2002
    " You have to know what you are to gain what you aren't."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by R.C., Age 18 --- Georgia


  • October 16, 2002
    " Things don't end; they just change!"
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Shannon N., Age 14 --- Maryland


  • October 16, 2002
    " Be outgoing and upfront. What is there to lose if you don't try; only the chance that passes you by."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Megan W., Age 16 --- Indiana
    Don't be scared to try something new... you never know what you might miss if you are.


  • October 14, 2002
    Making mistakes isn't bad
    Making mistakes isn't sad
    Making mistakes makes you.
    Written in 2002 by Katrina B., Age 15 --- Louisiana
    I wrote this for all the people that look back and think if I could go back what would change? There is only one answer, nothing. Even though times are sometimes bad you would not be who you are today, learned what you have learned because if you went back and decided not to make those mistakes then you would just have to make them again another way. God does not pick on any particular person... just listen the first time and he won't have to talk louder. I was one of those people. Thank you God, for all that I have and all that I have learned. Thank you for my family and the bad times for I am not truly happy.


  • October 14, 2002
    " The only things in life people need are dedication, motivation, persistence, attitude, mental toughness, and a strong will. In my opinion knowledge is common, because when you take a test everyone can answer the questions, but there in the test shows no indication of the will of the test taker. And if you gotta stay up until one a.m in the morning to get the task done, do it."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Harit G., Age 16 --- Texas


  • October 14, 2002
    " Some say that God set us up for a fall, which is true; it's called life. Sin is not the fall; it's refusing to get back up."
    Copyright © 2002 Damian Pons
    Never give up, never give in, and never stop fighting against the hope of life.


  • October 14, 2002
    " You understand that you don't understand."
    Copyright © 2002 Bre Coffey
    Nobody can say that they don't understand anything cause you obviously understand that you don't understand.


  • October 14, 2002
    " The only difference between you and I is that I am I and you are you."
    Copyright © 2002 Scott Carne
    Differences in the world are only in the mind!! The only difference is the one that we think.


  • October 11, 2002
    " When independence stands alone - it stands tallest."
    Tara Den Ouden --- Submitted by Ashley T., Age 17 --- British Columbia
    Don't be afraid to be yourself, even if it means learning how to stand on your own two feet for the first time.


  • October 11, 2002
    " Life is too short to be considered normal."
    Keogh --- Submitted by Darren D., Age 15 --- Illinois


  • October 11, 2002
    " It's not the destination that counts; it's how you get there."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by R.A., Age 15 --- Minnesota


  • October 11, 2002
    " We may not have it all together, but together we have it all."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Jessica C., Age 14 --- California
    This quote reminds me of friends you think you can't stand but when they are gone, you really know that you can stand them and want too.


  • October 11, 2002
    " A friend is someone who loves you even when you hate yourself."
    Written in 2002 by Katrina B., Age 15 --- Louisiana
    I wrote this because this is how I felt. I hated who I was becoming and myself. I was shocked when my friend discarded these things. I changed me and who I was. I am happier then ever and I see, my friend, she loves me just the same. I promise myself I will do the same for her.


  • October 9, 2002
    " When was the last time you did something for the first time?"
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Mahealani L., Age 14 --- Hawaii


  • October 9, 2002
    " With great power, comes great responsibility."
    From the movie Spiderman --- Submitted by Kevin L., Age 12 --- Florida


  • October 9, 2002
    " Never let the future disturb you. You will face it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason, which today arm you against the present."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Gaby G., Age 16 --- California


  • October 9, 2002
    " To measure someone's beauty, you have to get to know them, for beauty is found on the inside!"
    Written in 2002 by M.B., Age 15 --- New York
    For those teens who have self-image problems you're not alone. We have to work together to help each other get through those tough days, that is what our friends are for. But think, it shouldn't matter what you look like on the outside because what makes up a person is what is on the inside. There is someone special out there for everyone for us! Just stay strong!


  • October 9, 2002
    " When you wake up in the morning, you have two choices - go back to sleep and dream your dreams, or wake up and chase those dreams!"
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by M.E., Age 15 --- Massachusetts


  • October 7, 2002
    " Don't ask God for an easier life; ask him to make you a stronger person."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Terri W., Age 13 --- Washington
    Listen to this quote; it is good advice!!!


  • October 7, 2002
    " Being in the game is more than just being on the court."
    Written in 2002 by Renee P., Age 15 --- Nebraska
    You have to be thinking about the game to play it.


  • October 7, 2002
    " When you're thinking that life can't get any worse, stop and wonder why. Because the only way things can get better, is to think they can."
    Copyright © 2002 Chris Hogan


  • October 7, 2002
    " No matter how far you have gone down the track, don't turn back now."
    Written in 2002 by Ayesha H., Age 14 --- Auckland, Austria


  • October 7, 2002
    " A goal is nothing more but a death, an ending to one's journey. Don't search for your limitations. Go beyond a limit, go beyond to the extreme and find what your truly capable of. You, I...only have this one life to show to ourselves, who we really are. Let's show the world!!!"
    Copyright © 2002 Jason Gonzales


  • October 4, 2002
    " Fear; don't let it get to you. Have faith and you will overcome anything."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Tamika B., Age 16 --- New Jersey
    I once heard a preacher preach about it


  • October 4, 2002
    " God is the master builder,
    His plans are perfect and true,
    And when he sends you sorrow,
    It's part of His plan for you."
    Helen Steiner Rice --- Submitted by Annie C., Age 17 --- New Zealand


  • October 4, 2002
    " Do your best today and tomorrow you will be better..."
    Copyright © 2001 Alvin Beh


  • October 4, 2002
    " Everybody is different, just like you."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Laura M., Age 13 --- Illinois


  • October 4, 2002
    A relationship is like a rose,
    How long it lasts, no one knows.
    Love can erase an awful past,
    Love can be yours, you'll see at last.

    To feel that love, it makes you sigh,
    To have it leave, you'd rather die.
    You hope you've found that special rose,
    'Cause you love and care for the one you chose.
    Rob Cella --- Submitted by Z. H., Age 13 --- New Zealand
    This is one of the best quotes I have ever read, it rox!


  • October 2, 2002
    " I've got a dream too. But it's about singing and dancing and making people happy. And that's the kind of dream that gets better the more people you share it with. And I've found a whole bunch of friends who have the same dream. And it kinda makes us like a family."
    Kermit the Frog --- Submitted by Danny B., Age 16 --- Illinois
    This quote is very dear to my heart. The truth behind it is what makes it great.


  • October 2, 2002
    " If you have the patience and dedication to fix the little things, you will one day find the big tricks easy."
    Author Unknown --- Submitted by Beth H., Age 17 --- Pennsylvania


  • October 2, 2002
    " Life: you can't explain it, you can't avoid it, you can only face it."
    Copyright © 2002 Gary Williams


  • October 2, 2002
    " Life is like a buffet. You can't just sit there and expect to get what you want."
    Copyright © 2002 Robin Westhaver


  • October 2, 2002
    " Go big or go home! Now is the time and place, you have no other choice or else you will be sent home!"
    Copyright © 2002 Dustin Canter