Quotable Quotes for Tween and Teen Readers

“It occurred to him that strength was quite different from toughness and that being vulnerable wasn’t quite the same as being weak.”

“I’d rather be happy and odd than miserable and ordinary,’ she said, sticking her chin in the air.”
Michelle Magorian, Goodnight Mister Tom

“The first thing he noticed was how quiet it was. This was nothing like the kind of quiet he heard when he woke up in the middle of the night after a bad dream. When that happened, there were always strange, unidentifiable sounds seeping into his room from the tiny gaps where the windowpanes weren’t sealed together correctly. At those moments he could always tell there was life outside, even if all that life was fast asleep. It was a silence that wasn’t silence at all.” — Noah Barleywater Runs Away, John Boyne

“This one isn’t just any old horse. There’s a nobility in his eye, a regal serenity about him. Does he not personify all that men try to be and never can be? I tell you, my friend, there’s divinity in a horse, and specially in a horse like this. God got it right the day he created them. And to find a horse like this in the middle of this filthy abomination of a war, is for me like finding a butterfly on a dung heap. We don’t belong in the same universe as a creature like this.”
Michael Morpurgo, War Horse

“..But the boys know better. They know thatelephants ask very little from life. Only Tumburlaine is ambitious to capture the stars and all the lands that lie beneath them.” –Tamburlaine’s Elephants,  Geraldine McCaughrean

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“Life is where you sleep and what you see when you wake up in the morning, and who you tell about your weird dream, and what you eat for breakfast and who you eat it with. Life isn’t something that happens to you. It’s something you make yourself, all the time.”

“Who’s the real you? The person who did something awful, or the one who’s horrified by the awful thing you did? Is one part of you allowed to forgive the other?”

Rebecca Stead, Goodbye Stranger

“Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing.”

“But Mole stood still a moment, held in thought. As one wakened suddenly from a beautiful dream, who struggles to recall it, but can recapture nothing but a dim sense of the beauty in it, the beauty! Till that, too, fades away in its turn, and the dreamer bitterly accepts the hard, cold waking and all its penalties.”
Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

“Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.”

“One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.”

“Alice laughed. ‘There’s no use trying,’ she said. ‘One can’t believe impossible things.’

I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. There goes the shawl again!”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

“You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope.”

“Kind people have a way of working their way inside me and rooting there.”

Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

“If you ain’t scared… you ain’t human.”


“I just…feel like I need to save everyone. To redeem myself.”

“sometimes you don’t look very hard for things you don’t believe will or can happen.”
James Dashner, The Maze Runner

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Quotable-quotes: Books for Personal Growth

Chapters pick of influential books on personal growth, written by best-selling authors are bound to be life-changing…

Here are hand-picked powerful quotes and reviews to help you get a glimpse of what’s in store.

  • Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives“The biggest waste of time is to do well something that we need not do at all.”
  • “For a happy life, it’s important to cultivate an atmosphere of growth—the sense that we’re learning new things, getting stronger, forging new relationships, making things better, helping other people. Habits have a tremendous role to play in creating an atmosphere of growth, because they help us make consistent, reliable progress.”
    Gretchen Rubin, Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives

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” Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.” -VoltaireDaily Gratitude 365 DAYS OF REFLECTION

“Gratitude is one of the least articulate of the emotions, especially when it is deep.”

-Daily Gratitude: 365 Days of Reflection- The third entry in National Geographic’s popular daily inspiration series

“Families are ecosystems. Each life grows in response to the lives around it.” – Mary ShmichDaily Calm 365 DAYS OF SERENITY

“Work while you have the light. You are responsible for Daily Joy 365 Days Of Inspriration Photos and wisdom to Lifethe talent that has been entrusted to you.” – Henri Frederic Amiel

“The shoe that fits one person pinches another; there is no recipe for living that suits all cases.” – Carl Jung A Year Of Daily Joy A Guided Journal to creating Happiness Every Day

The Road to Character - David Brooks“We are called at certain moments to comfort people who are enduring some trauma. Many of us don’t know how to react in such situations, but others do. In the first place, they just show up. They provide a ministry of presence. Next, they don’t compare. The sensitive person understands that each person’s ordeal is unique and should not be compared to anyone else’s. Next, they do the practical things–making lunch, dusting the room, washing the towels. Finally, they don’t try to minimize what is going on. They don’t attempt to reassure with false, saccharine sentiments. They don’t say that the pain is all for the best. They don’t search for silver linings. They do what wise souls do in the presence of tragedy and trauma. They practice a passive activism. They don’t bustle about trying to solve something that cannot be solved. The sensitive person grants the sufferer the dignity of her own process. She lets the sufferer define the meaning of what is going on. She just sits simply through the nights of pain and darkness, being practical, human, simple, and direct.”

“Wisdom isn’t a body of information. It’s the moral quality of knowing what you don’t know and figuring out a way to handle your ignorance, uncertainty, and limitation.”
― David Brooks, The Road to Character

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Walking through several such work spaces recently, I couldn’t help but notice Beyond Measure: The Big Impact of Small Changes (TED)- Margaret Heffernanhow hard everyone was working to simulate privacy. Plugged into headphones, surrounded by stacks of books and temporary dividers, defensiveness was more evident than openness. Architecture alone won’t change mindsets and tearing down physical walls won’t demolish the mental silos that trap thinking.”
― Margaret Heffernan, Beyond Measure: The Big Impact of Small Changes

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The seven habits of highly effective teenagers - Sean Covey“Isn’t it kind of silly to think that tearing someone else down builds you up?”

“If you decide to just go with the flow, you’ll end up where the flow goes, which is usually downhill, often leading to a big pile of sludge and a life of unhappiness. You’ll end up doing what everyone else is doing.”

“Education must be a lifelong pursuit. The person who doesn’t read is not better off than the person who can’t.”
― Sean Covey, The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens

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#ChaptersTeenReads quotes

“Even the silence has a story to tell you. Just listen. Listen.” Brown Grl Dreaming – Jaqueline Woodson

“May, I am thinking, there is something hidden like this in all of us. A small gift from the universe waiting to be discovered.” Brown Girl Dreaming – Jaqueline Woodson.

“There are the truths found in books or films when some writer puts exactly the rights words together and it’s like their pen turned sword and pierced you right through the heart.” The Truth Commission -Susan Juby.

“Don’t insult me today just because I am poor, you don’t know what my future holds!” The boy who harnessed the wind – William Kamkwamba

“Few people realize this, but cutting down the trees is one of the things that keeps us Malawians poor”. The boy who harnessed the wind – William Kwakwamba

“I guess you could call it a “failure” but I prefer the term ” learning experience”. The Martian – Andy Weir