Young adult fiction gets a bad rap at times, but there’s more depth to it than you might realize. In the process of putting together my author business game plan for 2016, I got a little sidetracked researching inspiring quotes. To whet your appetite, here are ten quotes from young adult fiction to live by in 2016 that are validated by none other than prolific entrepreneur Henry Ford himself, a man who knew how to persevere more than most.
“You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if you only dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.”—Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t—you’re right.”—Henry Ford
“Some walks you have to take alone.”—Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay
“It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste”—Henry Ford
“Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.”—Natalie Babbit, Tuck Everlasting
“The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.”—Henry Ford
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”—J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
“Vision without execution is just hallucination.”—Henry Ford
“Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet: You’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself.”—Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle In Time
“You can’t learn in school what the world is going to do next year.”—Henry Ford
“Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.”—Veronica Roth, Divergent
“One who fears failure limits his activities.”—Henry Ford
“Child, no one is ever ready for anything. I would never doom you to that. What sort of adventureless life would that be?”—Alethea Kontis, Enchanted
“Experience is the thing of supreme value.”—Henry Ford
“Maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story.”―Jandy Nelson, I’ll Give You the Sun
“My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.”—Henry Ford
“There’s no shame in fear, my father told me, what matters is how we face it.”—George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings
“There is no disgrace in honest failure; there is disgrace in fearing to fail.”—Henry Ford
“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”— Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables.
“Failure is simply an opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”—Henry Ford
At the end of the day, young adult literature explores the same themes we all wrestle with, only from a teen’s perspective. Whether you gravitate to thriller, fantasy, adventure, dystopian or romance, find a quotable nugget from young adult literature this year and hold onto it as you live out your dreams.
What are some of your favorite quotations?