10 Quotes That Everyone in Their Twenties Needs to Read

You hear it all the time: your twenties are when you learn to truly understand yourself. But that’s hard. Learning to trust yourself and the path that your life begins to take is difficult. It is difficult to look back on the miles of debt you have and the jobs you aren’t getting and believe that everything will be okay. It is difficult to see a future for yourself that your parents may have had at your age when that seems completely unattainable. It is difficult to find your place when half of your friends are enjoying single-drunk life and the others have 401K’s and a mortgage.


And to that, I say I am with you. I have 10 quotes from respected authors (so they’ve gotta be true) that remind me that I’m doing okay. Here they are:



1. “Twentysomethings who don’t feel anxious and incompetent at work are usually overconfident or underemployed.” – Meg Jay, The Defining Decade 


2. “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” – Maya Angelou 


3. “Surviving your 20s is sometimes nothing more glamorous than just holding on for dear life on the back of an inner tube like a kid being whipped around by a speedboat…And your only choice of survival is to just let go.” – Paul Angone, 101 Secrets For Your Twenties


4. “Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” – Oscar Wilde 


5. “Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.” – George R.R. Martin


6. “Your life will get exponentially better when you learn to take time for yourself. You deserve self-care, you deserve you time. And when you realize this and learn to treat yourself from time to time, life is going to get better.” – Kendra Syrdal, 27 Things I Have Learned In 27 Years 


7. “What we have to remember is that we can still do anything. We can change our minds. We can start over. The notion that it’s too late to do anything is comical. It’s hilarious. We can’t. We must not lose this sense of possibility because in the end, it’s all we have.” – Marina Keegan, The Opposite of Loneliness


8. “The most important thing in life is to stop saying ‘I wish’ and start saying ‘I will’.” – Charles Dickens


9. “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” – Nora Roberts 


10. “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” – J.K. Rowling






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