For Teens Only: Quotes, Notes, & Advice You Can Useby Carol Weston
For Teens only is helpful, funny, and full of famous people. You'll find 580 quotes from the wise and the witty, from Pablo Picasso to Julia Roberts and Indira Gandhi. Renowned teen columnist Carol Weston adds her own signature advice on getting through -- and enjoying -- these years. These words will help you gain confidence, make friends, find love, ace school, or… See more details below
For Teens only is helpful, funny, and full of famous people. You'll find 580 quotes from the wise and the witty, from Pablo Picasso to Julia Roberts and Indira Gandhi. Renowned teen columnist Carol Weston adds her own signature advice on getting through -- and enjoying -- these years. These words will help you gain confidence, make friends, find love, ace school, or figure out your future. It's all here!
- HarperCollins Publishers
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- 1ST HARPER
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- 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.57(d)
- Age Range:
- 15 - 17 Years
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You are a marvel. You are unique.You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo,a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything.
-- Pablo Casals
In college I had a thing for guys with accents. Some of my friends melted over guys who were athletic or musical or funny. My weakness was men who could say my name in a way I'd never heard before.
I ended up marrying a wonderful guy from Columbus, Ohio, but on the way to the altar I spent several romantic years with Juan, a poet from Madrid. I loved it when he used the flattering phrase Eres una maravilla -- "You are a marvel." Juan said it a lot. Maybe cellist Pablo Casals did, too. Maybe many Spaniards do.
I'm starting this book by saying it to you: Eres una maravilla.
You are a marvel. You are amazing. You are unique. You are the only you in the whole wide world. You have the potential to do great things and to be happy -- whether or not you feel this way right now.
We all have moments of self-doubt (and reasons to doubt ourselves). But we also have reasons to celebrate ourselves. To feel proud. Powerful. Inspired.
Think about what you have going for you. Dare to take stock of your best qualities.
Pretty impressive, right?
-- e. e. Cummings
Seems like it would be easy to be true to yourself. You're you -- and that's that.
Well, it turns out it can be tricky tofigure out how to fit in without blurring in. How to be part of a group but still be your own person. How to feel accepted without having to downplay your differences or pretend to care about things you don't care about. How to say yes when you want to say yes, and no when you want to say no.
In some schools, everyone wears the same clothes, admires the same people, likes the same music, movies, and TV shows, and lusts after the same chosen few. Is your school like that?
It's comfortable to be one of the crowd. But it also feels good to be one of a kind.
"The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are," wrote Joseph Campbell.
"Always be a first-rate version of yourself instead of a second-rate version of somebody else," said Judy Garland, who played Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.
Stay aware of what is special about you. Keep track of the you that only you know.
Hear the crowd, but listen to yourself, because you just may want to blaze your own trail.
Some people think we're evolving all the time. When Lewis Carroll's Caterpillar asks Alice in Wonderland, "Who are you?" she answers quite honestly: "I -- I hardly know, Sir, just at present -- at least, I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have changed several times since then."
Other people think it's impossible to change -- that the self is a given. "If God had wanted me otherwise, he would have created me otherwise," said German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
Who are you and who are you becoming? To find out, notice which people you are drawn to. What subjects do you like best? What movies? What music? What books? What sports? Pay attention to what upsets you, what calms you, and what makes you laugh. Think about what you love to talk about with friends, and what they talk about with you. When you meet new people, what strikes them about you? What surprises them later, when they know you better? Are you easygoing? Conscientious? Are you a leader? A risk-taker?
"For years you've felt only half-done inside, cobbled together by paper clips, held intact by gum wads and school paste," wrote author Mary Karr. "But something solid is starting to assemble inside you. You say, I am my same self. That's not nothing, is it?"
What makes you you?
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