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141 Wise Quotes on Teenagers and Teenage Life

Quotes on Teenagers and Teenage Life

Collection of famous teen quotes on teenagers and teenage life by famous people across the globe to share the excitement of young adolescent life and teenage attitude.

A teenager, or teen, is a person who falls within the ages of 13 to 19 years old. The word “teenager” is often associated with adolescence. The teenage years can be difficult for parents and kids alike. The combination of hormonal changes, new academic and social challenges, emotional volatility and shifting family dynamics can feel overwhelming. These quotes can help you with wisdom for adolescence.

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Check these best quotes teenage attitudes and teenage life.

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.

— e. e. cummings

The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That’s the day we truly grow up.

— John C. Maxwell

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

As a teenager you are at the last stage in your life when you will be happy to hear that the phone is for you.

— Fran Lebowitz

We never really grow up we only learn how to act in public.

— Bryan White

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

Youth is the trustee of prosperity.

— Benjamin Disraeli

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

To an adolescent there is nothing in the world more embarrassing than a parent.

— Dave Barry

Heredity is what sets the parents of a teenager wondering about each other.

— Laurence J. Peter

Your modern teenager is not about to listen to advice from an old person defined as a person who remembers when there was no Velcro.

— Dave Barry

You have teenagers thinking they’re going to make millions as NBA stars when that’s not realistic for even 1 percent of them. Becoming a scientist or engineer is.

— Dean Kamen

Growing up I’ve enjoyed hunting with my father.

— Dale Earnhardt

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

Growing up I didn’t have a lot of toys and personal entertainment depended on individual ingenuity and imagination – think up a story and go live it for an afternoon.

— Terry Brooks

I wanted to be with the kind of people I’d grown up with but you can’t go back to them and be one of them again no matter how hard you try.

— Ethel Waters

So many people try to grow up too fast and it’s not fun! You should stay a kid as long as possible!

— Vanessa Hudgens

A fairly bright boy is far more intelligent and far better company than the average adult.

— John B. S. Haldane

I’m a teenager but I’m independent – I have my own apartment I have my own life. And I think I have learned more than any of those teenagers have in school. I learned to be responsible leaving my family and coming here alone.

— Adriana Lima

My kids idea of a hard life is to live in a house with only one phone.

— George Foreman

All teenagers have this desire to somehow run away.

— Joan Chen

Adolescence is just one big walking pimple.

— Carol Burnett

Trouble is kids feel they have to shock their elders and each generation grows up into something harder to shock.

— Ben Lindsey

Growing up I wanted desperately to please to be a good girl.

— Claire Danes

Children even infants are capable of sympathy. But only after adolescence are we capable of compassion.

— Louise J. Kaplan

Friendships in childhood are usually a matter of chance whereas in adolescence they are most often a matter of choice.

— David Elkind

Everybody is a teenage idol.

— Barry Gibb

I was a quiet teenager introverted full of angst.

— Nigella Lawson

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

You’ve got to grow up sometime.

— Winona Ryder

When I was a teenager I read a lot of Poe.

— Dario Argento

Maturity is only a short break in adolescence.

— Jules Feiffer

I mean I’m pretty good in real life but sometimes people seem surprised that I’m like a normal teenager and wear black nail polish and I’m just a little bit more edgy than the person I play on television.

— Brittany Snow

This generation has given up on growth. They’re just hoping for survival.

— Penelope Spheeris

If you just watch a teenager you see a lot of uncertainty.

— Jamie Lee Curtis

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

Adolescence isn’t just about prom or wearing sparkly dresses.

— Jena Malone

The most important role models should and could be parents and teachers. But that said once you’re a teenager you’ve probably gotten as much of an example from your parents as you’re going to.

— Andrew Shue

Time scoots along pretty fast when you grow up.

— Alan Ladd

I think growing up is difficult and it’s a process that I’m always interested in with kids and adults they are often on two different universes.

— Alice Hoffman

Can you imagine young people nowadays making a study of trigonometry for the fun of it? Well I did.

— Clyde Tombaugh

I have this sense that I didn’t really start growing up until my twenties.

— Winona Ryder

I grew up in a house where nobody had to tell me to go to school every day and do my homework.

— Constance Baker Motley

I liked being a teenager but I would not go back for all the tea in China.

— Rob Lowe

As I’ve said many times the single most oppressed class in America right now is the teenager.

— Joe Bob Briggs

I have always had a sense that we are all pretty much alone in life particularly in adolescence.

— Robert Cormier

At the age of 16 I was already dreaming of having a baby because I felt myself to be an adult but my mum forbid it. Right now I feel like a teenager and I want to have fun for one or two more years before starting a family.

— Milla Jovovich

Teenagers who are never required to vacuum are living in one.

— Fred G. Gosman

I got through my teen years by being a bit of a clown.

— Diane Cilento

I think there’s a time in your life where you don’t feel like you fit in. I think everyone has that when you’re a teenager especially and especially in the society we live in.

— Matthew Vaughn

I was a handful growing up.

— Olivia Wilde

I think you go through a period as a teenager of being quite cool and unaffected by things.

— Miranda Otto

Adolescence is when girls experience social pressure to put aside their authentic selves and to display only a small portion of their gifts.

— Mary Pipher

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

But when I was a teenager the idea of spending the rest of my life in a factory was real depressing. So the idea that I could become a musician opened up some possibilities I didn’t see otherwise.

— Wayne Kramer

Adolescence is a new birth for the higher and more completely human traits are now born.

— G. Stanley Hall

Teenagers today are more free to be themselves and to accept themselves.

— John Knowles

The toddler must say no in order to find out who she is. The adolescent says no to assert who she is not.

— Louise J. Kaplan

Adolescence is the conjugator of childhood and adulthood.

— Louise J. Kaplan

As a teen I was both anorexic and bulimic.

— Alanis Morissette

I was a teen star. That’s disgusting enough.

— John Cusack

If a movie isn’t a hit right out of the gate they drop it. Which means that the whole mainstream Hollywood product has been skewed toward violence and vulgar teen comedy.

— Roger Ebert

We won a contest at the teen fair in Vancouver and the first prize was a recording contract and we recorded at a radio station on the stairway and we did a record and it got put out.

— Tommy Chong

I instinctively dress a bit tougher because I’ve spent a lot of time in the U.S. and I realised there was a certain image projected of me here. I’ve always been an absolute rebel. When I was in my teen years I had piercings and wore all black.

— Ellie Goulding

I wasn’t going to have fun doing a teen movie again.

— Heath Ledger

I’d never made a teen comedy in my life.

— Harvey Weinstein

I hate it when people call me a teen queen.

— Lindsay Lohan

The Teen Challenge ministry was born out of those humble early days of ministry. It now includes over 500 drug and alcohol rehab centers around the world even in Muslim countries. These include homes for girls and women addicts and alcoholics all which are reaching many.

— David Wilkerson

It’s about time we make the well-being of our young people more important than ideology and politics. As a country we benefit from investing in their future by investing in teen pregnancy prevention.

— Jane Fonda

Doesn’t matter whether it’s a teen girl who’s pregnant hasn’t told her parents or an elderly couple dealing with one of them being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Those are real people to me. Those are the people I dealt with every single day.

— Mike Huckabee

They were marketing me as a teen idol when the stuff on the record was not what teen idols were doing at the time.

— Rick Springfield

I was a happy kid up until I hit the teen years.

— Rick Springfield

When I was a teenager I would lock myself in the bathroom for hours bouffanting my hair like Patty Duke and trying to recreate Barbra Streisand’s flawless eyeliner only to comb it all out and wash it all off before stepping out into the world a butchish bisexual teen.

— Beth Ditto

Before my teen years I was losing my hearing pretty quickly and I was getting very very angry. I was beginning to become an angry person because of that.

— Evelyn Glennie

Teen pop will never die as long as there are teens and popular music. It just takes a different head.

— Justin Timberlake

The Teen Challenge Training Center on Pennsylvania farmland houses over 200 men in rehab. Other farms and centers have been birthed out of this ministry all over the world.

— David Wilkerson

I am not officially involved now in the direction of the Teen Challenge ministry but I rejoice that God permits me to be the father of these ministries.

— David Wilkerson

I fell in love with Erica Kane the summer before my freshman year of high school. Like all red-blooded teen American boys I’d come home from water polo practice and eat a box of Entenmann’s Pop’Ems donut holes in front of the TV while obsessively fawning over ‘All My Children’ and Erica her clothes and her narcissistic attitude.

— Andy Cohen

I found my niche as a character actor and I’ve never felt like a movie star or teen idol and never wanted to.

— Vincent D’Onofrio

I was into all kinds of music as a teen – country music because my dad was in a band that played country and whatever my sister and brother were into.

— Martina McBride

I didn’t want to be the typical teen idol. I didn’t want to be Leif Garrett. I didn’t want to be Shaun Cassidy David Cassidy or Parker Stevenson. I wanted to do my own thing.

— Willie Aames

I definitely think there could be stricter teen driving laws.

— Victoria Justice

To even be called the ‘teen queen’ is crazy.

— Victoria Justice

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

I think there are worse things for a teen to be enraptured with than ‘Twilight.’

— Stephen Moyer

Being a teen idol is what I’ve waited for my whole life.

— Sarah Michelle Gellar

I played teen roles until high definition came out and I could never understand it. I would go in for adult roles and be older than many of the people auditioning but they’d cast the girl without a line on her face.

— Selma Blair

At the time I came along Hollywood’s idea of teen movies meant there had to be a lot of nudity usually involving boys in pursuit of sex and pretty gross overall. Either that or a horror movie. And the last thing Hollywood wanted in their teen movies was teenagers!

— John Hughes

I had teen angst for a while but I think every teenager has the angst.

— Jamie Bell

I remember the first time I saw the ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ video. I will never forget that day. I just wanted to see Kurt Cobain’s face. I had a feeling he was very cute. But I couldn’t see his face. When I finally did see him he was even cuter than I imagined!

— Shakira

‘Teen Moms!’ I started watching them like the first two seasons and I stopped. I stopped because they are too young. I feel sorry for them. And I didn’t watch that show ‘Hoarders.’ That thing would made my skin crawl.

— NeNe Leakes

I had no idea of the size of my bank account as a teen and I didn’t care to know. That was my mom’s job I figured that I would just find out when I turned 18. If you can’t trust your mom then who can you trust?

— Anna Chlumsky

I was never interested in ‘Teen Beat’ like roles. I just wanted to work.

— Jared Leto

I think anybody who’s doing work in their teen years on TV or in the movies you’re a teen idol by default.

— Jason Bateman

If you can get a teen leader in each sector of a student population you can pull people in. Everybody wants to get involved but most are too afraid. When they see a person they think is cool leading it they’re first to join.

— Andrew Shue

I don’t know if this is too weird to say but this is completely surreal for me. Bizarre. The cover of ‘Teen Vogue’ has been on my bucket list forever.

— Lily Collins

If you told me when I was a teen that I would end up being a teacher I would have said you’re out of your mind because quite frankly I hated school.

— Tim Gunn

I did try to get a few of those teen high-school movies but they just didn’t like me. I guess I wasn’t a certain type.

— Leelee Sobieski

Since my teen years I was interested in martial arts.

— Tony Visconti

We don’t tend to write about disease in fiction – not just teen novels but all American novels – because it doesn’t fit in with our idea of the heroic romantic epic. There is room only for sacrifice heroism war politics and family struggle.

— John Green

In the Top 40 half the songs are secret messages to the teen world to drop out turn on and groove with the chemicals and light shows at discotheques.

— Art Linkletter

I saw myself as an outsider as a teen. I was home-schooled and got my G.E.D. when I was 16 I wasn’t interested in high school at all and figured that college might be more entertaining.

— Maggie Stiefvater

When I was a teen I thought I would have to choose between my writing or my music or my art but it turns out it’s a difficult juggling game but I can do all of them.

— Maggie Stiefvater

I don’t like being compared to anyone or being in a class with someone. I’m a teen actress and therefore I’m competing against Hilary Duff. We’re different people like everyone else.

— Amanda Bynes

I really liked ‘Starter For Ten’ because I grew up watching 1980s teen films like ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’ and ‘The Breakfast Club’ and I’ve always wanted to play the underdog lead hero in a 1980s-inspired film.

— James McAvoy

Most of the offers I get from Hollywood are for teen comedies. My manager thinks I’m crazy for turning down all that money but I’m very picky.

— Macaulay Culkin

Teen drug use went up dramatically in the 1990s.

— John Walters

Research shows that parents are the single biggest influence on children – if you are worried about your teen and drugs talk to them.

— John Walters

I think I’m also more open to other writers being present and listening to other opinions whereas before I was going through my angsty teen years while making records.

— Michelle Branch

Teen movies often have an unspoken underlying premise in which high school is seen as less serious than the adult world. But when your head is encased in that microcosm it’s the most serious time of your life.

— Rian Johnson

I have been in teen shows for years so doing that stuff – kissing – is kind of commonplace and not a big deal. It was way more cool just because it was Meg Ryan.

— Adam Brody

Final Destination was the closest thing I’ve done to a teen movie but it certainly had an edge to it.

— Devon Sawa

Frank Sinatra is the only one that went from teen idol to superstar.

— Leif Garrett

Yeah I spent my teen years in West Virginia and when I was a kid in Louisiana. I definitely have that exposure to two different sorts of rural: the South and Appalachia.

— Sam Trammell

I’d like a pop-up magazine with 45 articles on Russell Crowe. I’m like a teenager. I’d have ‘Teen Beat’ if I could for grown-ups.

— Caroline Rhea

If you try to bring ‘teen drama’ you end up doing nothing but pouting.

— Max Irons

Writing a teen character is something I wanted to try again for a long time!

— Emily Giffin

I decided that if I were to write a teen series I’d want to set it in a place that was familiar to me – Manhattan where I’d grown up – and I’d model the characters on myself and my friends.

— Cecily von Ziegesar

To be honest I haven’t seen a lot of the current crop of teen movies because there’s only so much time and there’s nothing that really drives me to do it.

— Curtis Armstrong

I don’t want to just be in the normal kind of teen movie.

— Stephen Dorff

Material Girls was so different for me I’d never done a teen movie.

— Lukas Haas

I think I am too old to be doing teen movies. I am just kind of annoyed because you have all these teen movies coming out with usually either Lindsay Lohan or Hilary Duff doing four of the exact teen movies over and over again.

— Alexa Vega

Yes but I don’t think of the Teen Angel as of an age.

— Frankie Avalon

I love the live performances and Las Vegas. I also like making films that are being discovered by another generation. Having been a teen idol of the ’60s is great because you realize you left your generation with a smile and good memories.

— Connie Stevens

I don’t think there’s a problem with being a teen idol if that happens to me I’ll be happy to deal with it.

— Josh Hartnett

I’m so fascinated by the concept of teen pregnancy for some reason. Not that I condone it or promote it but it’s just a very real thing in our country and culture.

— Leven Rambin

I’ve never done a teen movie before but I certainly could tell you some of the ones I came very close on. I was very close on Clueless and She’s All That.

— Mia Kirshner

I take mentoring very seriously and I am on the board of an organization called Girls Write Now where we match teen girls and writing mentors because it changes their lives.

— Tayari Jones

When I was growing up particularly during puberty in my teen years I was so miserable because I elicited so much teasing and meanness from my teenage cohorts.

— Linda Hunt

I did work at a mall in college – I think retail/customer service is just one of the most hideous jobs in the world. So I always try to be extra nice when I go into a store. But malls are part of our culture if you watched any teen comedy in the ’80s. it’s clear that malls are where we live!

— Jayma Mays

I don’t want to be a ‘teen star’ because so many people don’t ever grow out of that.

— Lacey Chabert

The distinction has blurred between young adult and adult books. Some of the teen books have become more sophisticated.

— Ann Brashares

I remember as a teen being able to eat more than my father. I was growing so fast and my body couldn’t keep up.

— Saskia de Brauw

Honestly I never thought I’d actually be playing a teen lesbian. I didn’t think it was going to go this far. But I’m glad that it did because there have been a lot of fans who have expressed that they’ve been going through similar situations in their lives.

— Naya Rivera

Maybe that’s the whole teen oeuvre you know covering people in disgusting bodily fluids and whatnot.

— Rider Strong

I’m pretty sure this is it for the teen movie thing. It’s so frustrating to read when you get to page 20 and you’re like Oy! It’s the same thing again!

— Marla Sokoloff

Being a teen is past for me. Worrying about the world and my place in it is not.

— Ally Condie

I love being a part of Aqua Teen.

— Dana Snyder

I was a teen idol and that has a short shelf life.

— Shaun Cassidy

Just because you have teenagers in a movie doesn’t make it a teen movie.

— Brendan Fehr

I progressed through so many different styles of music through my teen years both as a player and a vocalist particularly the jazz and pop of the early 20th Century.

— Jeff Healey

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