Michelle Cove
November 19, 2016

9 inspiring quotes from our youth advisors to motivate you big-time!

If you don’t “got motivation,” don’t worry we do, and plenty of it. We asked our Youth Advisory Board to choose their favorite motivational quotes to guide them through the new year, and why it inspires them. We love their answers, and hope they kick you into a high gear this 2017 to make a difference. Find out who else inspires our MEDIAGIRLS, and encourages them to be brave!

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Sola: “I don’t feel adequate/Thinking I’m a monster in disguise/…Caught up with the fact that life will be dark/But can we handle being kids?” (From the song “Gravel to Tempo” by Hayley Kiyoko).

​Kiyoko has explicitly stated that the song is about the crushes that she had on girls when she was growing up, and that “the only validation [you] need is from [your]self.” One day I want to be able to live in a world where everyone feels accepted and safe throughout their entire lives. The amount of hate going around right now saddens me, and I hope that one day girls growing up won’t have to be afraid if they realize that they might not be as straight as society’s heteronormativity has lead them to think they are.


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Thenica: “If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.” (Erica Jong)

This quote motivates me to make the world better, because it shows inspiration to try new things and to be willing to take the risks. New things could mean consistently studying biology and genetics. If I keep at it, I could maybe find the cure to cancer, if I don’t, my research could contribute to someone who will. I would regret not trying in the first place way more than all the time I spent trying and failing. At least I made efforts to do something, and such efforts could go a long way into making the world a better place; I hope one day, this world is a cancer free place. I lost my grandpa to cancer earlier this year. Therefore, I appreciate scientists who are trying and searching for the unknown. If they weren’t trying, not taking the risks, more lives would have been at stake… less time for me to get to know my grandpa. So in all, this quote motivates me to work at what seems impossible, to make the world better, healthier, and safer.


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Shira: “Speak up because the day you don’t speak up for the things that matter to you is the day your freedom truly ends.”

This quote motivates me because it teaches an important lesson; if you don’t say anything, know one will know what you believe, therefore there is a possibility that you lose what matters to you. If something truly matters to you, speak up to protect it from being taken away. By speaking up for what you believe in the world becomes a better place because all people opinions are heard.


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Sasha: “It’s a journey and the sad thing is you only learn from experience, so as much as someone can tell you things, you have to go out there and make your own mistakes in order to learn” (Emma Watson).

This quote inspires me to be a better person and make the world better because it reminds me that everyone is going through something, and the best thing you can do to help them is to be kind.


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Risa: “Don’t call it a dream. Call it a plan.” (Source unknown)

This quote may seem very straightforward but it really makes you believe in yourself. If you have a dream, you will make it happen. You will do it, so make a plan.


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Amita: “Stare them all down. If they come back around, You’ll be alright. And when the journey gets tough. Just know that you’re enough. You’re like a warrior. Keep up the fight” (from “Don’t Wait” by Joey Graceffa).

This quote means that no matter what you go through, be strong and be yourself. I think that these are things that could make the world better. Because of the controversial and mixed reactions to the change of president, the world is very divided at the moment, and it’s helpful to remember this quote.


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Sofia: “Decisions are made by those who show up. Don’t ever forget that you’re a citizen of this world” (Aaron Sorkin, 2012 Syracuse Commencement speech).

This quote is a reminder that everyone has a voice, and that one’s voice, while seemingly insignificant amongst the 7.4 billion others in the world, is actually a very powerful thing. I also appreciate the call to action, as Sorkin is encouraging everyone to do something very simple: to show up. This component I think is especially powerful, as many people, myself included, take our voices for granted. This quote also serves as a reminder that in order to exercise your right to make decisions, one does, in fact, have to show up.


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Maisie: “When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful” (Malala Yousafza).

This quote is perfect for right now because it does seem like the whole world is silent in the face of injustice, and if one person pushes back, it makes a great difference.


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Annie: “I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but someday, someone will, and hopefully sooner than we might think right now.” (Hillary Clinton)

I love this quote because, first of all, it shows how poised and professional Hillary remains even after losing the election, but, secondly, it says: Don’t give up. It encourages young girls to follow their dreams and make a difference and break stereotypes. I think it’s particularly motivating and encouraging especially right now in the aftershock of a crazy election, and really inspirational also.

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