Good inspirational quotes invite teenagers to reflect on their purpose in life and remind them that their destiny is their own responsibility. Examples include, "There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live," by James Truslow Adams and “You must be the change you wish to see in the world,” by Gandhi.
These quotes may reinforce to teenagers that they should think and act for themselves and that there should be more to the journey of life than personal gain. Each individual has the ability to make a difference and impact positively on the lives of those around them. If they want change in the world, they themselves must make it happen. There is unlimited opportunity available to teenagers if they are willing to work hard but there are no short cuts. As the anonymous saying states, "There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs."
Dr Seuss sums up the power available to every teenager, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go."