20 Quotes That All 20-Somethings Should Live By

A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms. – Zen Shin Talks

It’s time to stop competing with everyone else and thinking the world is out to get you. Don’t seek to be better than everyone else, cherish the need to focus on who you are and what you’ve accomplished.

Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates. At the first gate, ask yourself
“Is it true?” At the second gate ask, “Is it necessary?” At the third gate ask, “Is it kind?” – Sufi saying

Your 20s are not a time to live with regret, ruin friendships or taint your speech with dirty words. Don’t just go blurting everything that comes to mind; speak like that young, blossoming, person you aspire to be.

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

Don’t dwell on all of your mistakes – embrace the opportunity to learn something every time you screw up. It’s all in the name of experience.

The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive. – John Green

Forgiveness is a powerful gift and it will serve well to understand, appreciate and practice this. It’s not all about revenge and deceit- learning to forgive and move on makes us stronger.

The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Don’t wake up every morning with a hangover. Instead, wake up feeling utterly exhausted from working hard all night to make something of yourself. Ditch the friends who will drag you down- your teenage years were for partying and getting high. Now’s the time to start writing your story.

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. – Wayne Gretzky

Your 20s are about taking chances – you’re old enough to be brave and step out of the box and young enough to screw everything up but still have a second chance. Don’t aim for the stars – that’s already a limit. Aim for something much higher, and much greater.

We become what we think about. – Earl Nightingale

Always draw that positive energy towards yourself. You think, therefore you are. Don’t complain about everything, find faults in everyone or harbor a pessimistic attitude. Be strong in your pursuit of happiness.

An unexamined life is not worth living. – Socrates

The best part is when you self-reflect. Don’t charge through your life without taking the time to reflect on yourself and examine your life. You never know what your strengths and weaknesses are until you truly understand yourself.

You are the masterpiece of your own life. You are the Michelangelo of your own life. The David you are sculpturing is you – Dr. Joe Vitale

Focus on what you want in life, set your goals and seek them with a fiery passion. Don’t blame others for your mistakes; you are the only one responsible for creating that portrait, that masterpiece, and that sculpture of your beautiful life.

From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life. – Arthur Ashe

Don’t forget to give back. Life is all about what you can achieve for the betterment of others. Service is an excellent addition to your list of to-do’s in your 20s so strike up that charity or volunteer at a home and your life will be fulfilled.

Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open. – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Remember that the world is all one giant place of connectedness and fluidity. In all your endeavors, understand that we are all working together as a team. Don’t discriminate or condemn another person or another culture – open your minds and embrace difference.

It is the possibility that keeps me going, and though you may call me a dreamer or a fool or any other thing, I believe that anything is possible. – Nicholas Sparks

Dream big. Don’t see life any other way. Don’t give up on your childhood dreams or work just as a means to an end. Find your passion, chase down your dreams and don’t for a second think that any part of it is impossible.

Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Waste no time arguing with the ignorant or condemning the wicked. If you battle with monsters, you eventually become one. Spend that time elsewhere.

Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny. – Steve Maraboli

Let go of your past and focus on your future. Some people are meant to come into your life to make you realize that you deserve better. Don’t cling to an idea or be anchored by your demons. Look to the open winds and sail free.

To all the other dreamers out there, don’t ever stop or let the world’s negativity disenchant you or your spirit. If you surround yourself with love and the right people, anything is possible. – Adam Green

Surround yourself only with the best people; friends who will support you 110% instead of secretly plotting behind your back. Have a group of friends who will help you make your life beautiful.

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

Own up to your faults and your insecurities. Don’t let them hide behind a mask and seethe until you explode. Once you get the courage to accept who you are, only then can you grow as a person.

Live like there’s no midnight. – Cinderella

It’s not all about working hard. Your 20s are also about dancing for nights on end, having magical experiences, laughing all day long and living like there’s no midnight.

Always let your conscience be your guide. – Pinocchio

Trust me. You know if or when you’re doing something wrong. That little tingling feeling in your mind is your conscience telling you what the better choice is. Don’t ever neglect those little inklings- you’ll soon realize that they can save you from yourself.

This too shall pass. – Unknown

The simplest most powerful words you can ever encounter. Nothing lasts forever – that bad job you’re stuck at or heartbreak you are going through – those things don’t last forever. All that pain and misery will go away. All you have to do is constantly remind yourself that “This too shall pass.

Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever. – Walt Disney

Laugh. Every minute of the day – it’s the best medicine there is. Don’t neglect your imagination or your childish side just because you’ve hit the daunting 20s. Find joy in little things, imagine endless possibilities and have extraordinary dreams. Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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