Have you ever found yourself struggling in the depths of the deep end, unsure of how much longer you can hold your breath? Then, out of nowhere, someone jumps into the deep end with you, mouths some words at you through bubbles, and in an instant you remember how to swim back up to the surface. You may have experienced this feeling while still at school. Homework stack growing, teachers piling on pressure, tests being forgotten, and no time for you to be a teenager. Sometimes all we need is a few words of advice. Here are eleven quotes from authors you’ll wish you’d read back in school.
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1. “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein
2. “You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. That is a power you can cultivate.” – Elizabeth Gilbert
3. “Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” – Ernest Hemingway
4. “Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” – Helen Keller
5. “If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?” – T.S. Eliot
6. “Quality is not an act, it is a habit.” – Aristotle
7. “Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” – Gloria Steinem
8. “Every time you look in the mirror and your heart races because you think, “I’m so f**cking rad,” that’s self protection. Protect yourself.” – Inga Muscio
9. “Power is given only to those who dare to lower themselves and pick it up. Only one thing matters, one thing; to be able to dare!” – Fyodor Dostoevsky
10. “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss
11. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde
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Do you feel better yet?
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