Being a teenager is filled with ups, downs, and everything in between. At Everyday Power, we have curated inspirational, relatable teen quotes to help you along the way.
What’s your favorite memory of being a teenager?
From school crushes to your first job, many memorable moments that come with being a teenager. At times, being a teenager can be emotionally taxing. You may feel like you’re carrying the world on your shoulders. Today, we’re reminding you that you’re not alone in your experiences.
Below, we have curated teen quotes from actors, singers, and philosophers about their teenage experiences, young love, and youth as a whole.
Teen quotes about being yourself
1. “With confidence, you have won before you have started.” – Marcus Garvey
2. “No other version, no matter how perfect it is, would ever feel better than being your true self.” – Edmond Mbiaka
3. “Always be a first-rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.” – Judy Garland
4. “Be true to yourself. Make each day a masterpiece. Help others. Drink deeply from good books. Make friendship a fine art. Build a shelter against a rainy day.” – John Wooden
5. “Take care not to listen to anyone who tells you what you can and can’t be in life.” – Meg Medina
6. “We must not allow other people’s limited perceptions to define us.” – Virginia Satir
7. “Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress, and the way to live.” – Gianni Versace
8. “Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.” – Bertrand Russell
9. “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” – Marilyn Monroe
10. “Never dull your shine for somebody else.” – Tyra Banks
11. “I think everybody’s weird. We should all celebrate our individuality and not be embarrassed or ashamed of it.” – Johnny Depp
12. “Don’t compromise even if it hurts to be yourself.” – Toby Keith
Teen quotes about young love
13. “First love, with its frantic haughty imagination, swings its object clear of the every day, over the rut of living, making him all looks, silences, gestures, attitudes, a burning phrase with no context.” – Elizabeth Bowen
14. “First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity.” – George Bernard Shaw
15. “There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.” – Nietzsche
16. “Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep-burning, unquenchable.” – Henry Ward Beecher
17. “The little-unremembered acts of kindness and love are the best parts of a person’s life.” – William Wordsworth
18. “Just thinking about you brings a smile to face, a twinkle to my eye, and a skipped beat to my heart.” – Ash Sweeney
19. “The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can ever end.” – Benjamin Disraeli
20. “The minute I heard my first love story I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.” – Jalal ad-Din Rumi
21. “The loss of young first love is so painful that it borders on the ludicrous.” – Maya Angelou
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22. “I’m so in love, every time I look at you my soul gets dizzy.” – Jaesse Tyler
23. “We’re a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness and call it love true love.” – Robert Fulghum
24. “Love is missing someone whenever you’re apart, but somehow feeling warm inside because you’re close in heart.” – Kay Knudsen
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Teen quotes from celebrities
25. “As a teenager I was so insecure. I was the type of guy that never fitted in because he never dared to choose. I was convinced I had absolutely no talent at all. For nothing. And that thought took away all my ambition too.” – Johnny Depp
26. “Being a teenager is an amazing time and a hard time. It’s when you make your best friends – I have girls who will never leave my heart and I still talk to. You get the best and the worst as a teen. You have the best friendships and the worst heartbreaks.” – Sophia Bush
27. “My teenage years were exactly what they were supposed to be. Everybody has their own path. It’s laid out for you. It’s just up to you to walk it.” – Justin Timberlake
28. “Well, I could do it for a day, but I wouldn’t want to be a teenager again. I really wouldn’t.” – Jamie Lee Curtis
29. “I spent the first fourteen years of my life convinced that my looks were hideous. Adolescence is painful for everyone, I know, but mine was plain weird.” – Uma Thurman
30. “I liked being a teenager, but I would not go back for all the tea in China.” – Rob Lowe
31. “Being a teen can be tough. Just try to surround yourself with really good friends that really have your back, and also be a really good friend to those who really care about you. If you’re not sure about certain things, talk to your friends that you trust and your family.” – Victoria Justice
32. “When I look in the mirror I see the girl I was when I was growing up, with braces, crooked teeth, a baby face and a skinny body.” – Heather Locklear
33. “I had teen angst for a while, but I think every teenager has the angst.” – Jamie Bell
34. “When I was in college, I wanted to be involved in things that would change the world.” – Elon Musk
35. “There was so much pressure to fit in, I tried to force myself to be like everyone else. The last thing any teen wants is to be ‘uncool.’” – GRiZ
Teen quotes about youth
36. “Youth comes but once in a lifetime.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
37. “Adolescence is just one big walking pimple.” – Carol Burnett
38. “Adolescents are not monsters. They are just people trying to learn how to make it among the adults in the world, who are probably not so sure themselves.” – Virginia Satir
39. “Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.” – Aristotle
40. “Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.” – Samuel Ullman
41. “Adolescence is the conjugator of childhood and adulthood.” – Louise J. Kaplan
42. “Adolescence isn’t just about prom or wearing sparkly dresses.” – Jena Malone
43. “As I’ve said many times, the single most oppressed class in America right now is the teenager.” – Joe Bob Briggs
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44. “Trouble is, kids feel they have to shock their elders and each generation grows up into something harder to shock.” – Ben Lindsey
More teen quotes to inspire you
45. “The young always have the same problem — how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another.” – Quentin Crisp
46. “The youth need to be enabled to become job generators from job seekers.” – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
47. “Keep true to the dreams of your youth.” – Friedrich Schiller
48. “We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.” – Bryan White
49. “I have always had a sense that we are all pretty much alone in life, particularly in adolescence.” – Robert Cormier
50. “Children, even infants, are capable of sympathy. But only after adolescence are we capable of compassion.” – Louise J. Kaplan
What’s your most embarrassing moment as a teenager?
Like many others, I had a hard time getting through middle school and high school. I was bullied throughout multiple years of my life. At 24, those experiences still affect my mental health.
I have so much respect for teenagers. More often than not, being a teenager is difficult. It takes a strong person to keep moving forward.
One piece of advice I would give to teenagers is to not be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone. Whether it’s joining a new club at school or introducing yourself to a new person in math class, don’t be afraid to try new things.
Which of these teen quotes and sayings is your favorite? Drop it in the comments section below!