Youth Culture Hot Quotes

 

As we review various media we often come upon quotes from celebrities that address a variety of issues related to youth culture. These quotes are provided in order to give insight into the lives of those people to whom our kids are listening. The quotes also make great discussion starters to get your teens thinking and talking. As we find new quotes we will be adding them to our list. If you happen to find a new quote that strikes a chord with you, email it to us. New quotes will continue to be added to the top of the page regularly.

 

Archived Quotes

New feature! Download Archives of CPYU's Youth Culture Hot Quotes to find older quotes. They're in .pdf format for easy browsing and to allow you to search for key words. The latest quotes will continue to be added to the top of the list below.

2008 Archive (.pdf)

2007 Archive (.pdf)

2006 Archive (.pdf)

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Added June 23, 2009

We don't do drugs, not because of some moral obligation, but because we know that drugs are usually what split up bands, and I want everyone to stay healthy.”

- Mikel Jollett, lead singer of The Airborne Toxic Event, USAToday, June 22, 2009

 

Added June 17, 2009

“Sometimes I feel I’m living a meaningless life, and I get frightened.”

- Shia LeBeouf, Parade, June 14, 2009

 

“I know I’m one of the luckiest dudes in America right now. I have a great house. My parents don’t have to work. I’ve got money. I’m famous. But it could all change, man. It could go away. You never know.”

- Shia LeBeouf, Parade, June 14, 2009

 

“I don’t handle fame well. Most actors on most days don’t think they’re worthy. I have no idea where this insecurity comes from, but it’s a God-sized hole. If I knew, I’d fill it, and I’d be on my way.”

- Shia LeBeouf, Parade, June 14, 2009

 

“I don’t give a damn about the money anymore. I used to. Money is the reason I became an actor.”

- Shia LeBeouf, Parade, June 14, 2009

 

“Acting is instinctual. The good actors are all screwed up. They’re all in pain. It’s a profession of bottom-feeders and heartbroken people.”

- Shia LeBeouf, Parade, June 14, 2009

 

“Why did the love of my life and I break up? Man, I have no idea. What was that all about? I have no answers to anything. None. Why am I an alcoholic? I haven’t a damn clue! What is life about? I don’t know.”

- Shia LeBeouf, Parade, June 14, 2009

 

Added May 8, 2009

"I've always been enamored with language and words and having fun with them. Instead of teaching 25 kids in a classroom, you're doing it on a broader scale."

- Rapper Asher Roth talking about whether he regrets abandoning his goal to be an educator, USAToday, May 6, 2009

 

Added April 17, 2009

“Music is my home. When I’m trying to find my inner peace, when it seems like everything else is overwhelming, I put music in my ears.”

- Jennifer Hudson, Entertainment Weekly, April 10, 2009

 

Added April 9, 2009

For now I’m still learning who I am. One minute I have black hair, the next it’s red. One day I’m wearing Converse sneakers, and the next I’m in the hippie look. I definitely feel like I know myself more than I ever have, but I don’t feel rushed to figure myself out. I have all the time in the world to do that.”

- Miley Cyrus, Glamour, May 2009

 

Added February 25, 2009

"I always believed that high school kids needed to go out and experience the real world for a couple of years before going to college in order to appreciate school. I'm sure working between semesters also makes you appreciate school more. But everything should have a limit."

- Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman on returning to UCLA to complete his degree, The Dallas Morning News, February 2009

 

"Anything that makes you different in middle school makes you weird. My friends turned into the girls who would stand in the corner and make fun of me."

- Country/pop singer/songwriter Taylor Swift, Rolling Stone, March 5, 2009, p. 50

 

Added February 3, 2009

“It’s something I think about: whether or not God put me here to be a rock star. I try not to wonder about why he picked me and not somebody else. That’s why it’s so frustrating to me when people criticize us for trying to be important – to me, music is incredibly important. That’s why I want to make big, bold statements. Whether I pull it off is up to you. Everybody’s going to say I didn’t. But come to a concert. The music is coming across to somebody.”

- Brandon Flowers, lead singer of The Killers who grew up Mormon, Spin, February 2009, pg. 74.

 

“I was much younger when I came into this business. You learn from people writing s*** things about you. People say, ‘It’s part of being famous,’ but I didn’t want that. I wanted to be a singer. I’m probably lying when I say that. I did want to be famous, but I didn’t realize what famous was. I thought fame just meant ‘Everyone will love me.’”

- Lily Allen, Spin, February 2009, pg. 46.

 

“Tabloids want me to be this young woman who loses it and falls into drink and drugs: ‘Look, she’s out of control.’ I won’t do it. You know what, I could become a nun. At Catholic school, I never got it at all. But being a nun now makes total sense. I wouldn’t do it for Jesus – I would do it to see tabloid gossip people have zero to write about. ‘She prays all f***ing day – what are we going to do now?’”

- Lily Allen, Spin, February 2009, pg. 45.

 

“The kids at school thought it was weird that I liked country – they’d make fun of me. Junior high was actually sort of hard, because I got dumped by this group of popular girls. They didn’t think I was cool or pretty enough, so they stopped talking to me… I played a hometown show about a year into my career, and they (the popular girls) showed up, wearing my T-shirts and asking me to sign their CDs. It was bittersweet, because it made me realize that they didn’t remember being mean to me and that I needed to forget about it, too. And really, if I hadn’t come home from school miserable every day, maybe I wouldn’t have been so motivated to write songs. I should probably be thanking them!”

- Taylor Swift, Teen Vogue, March 2009, pgs. 134, 137.

 

Added January 16, 2009

"I like the game (basketball) now, but I don't like the game as much. I have never cared for the showmanship, and I think there is too much showmanship in the game today. While I think the players today are just unbelievable - their athleticism - I don't think team play is as good as it used to be."

- 98-year-old, former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, Sporting News, January 5, 2009, pg. 42.

 

Added January 7, 2009

“I started skating when I was about 10 years old. It was in an alleyway. I picked up my brother's skateboard and stood on it. I started to roll down the alley, and I yelled at my brother asking him how I turn the thing. At the end of the alley, I just jumped off, picked up the board and physically turned it around. That's how it started.”

             - Tony Hawk, LATimes.com, December 25, 2008

 

 

Archived Quotes

Download Archives of CPYU's Youth Culture Hot Quotes to find older quotes. They're in .pdf format for easy browsing and to 

2008 Archive (.pdf)

2007 Archive (.pdf)

2006 Archive (.pdf)

e-Update Quotes Archive (.pdf ) --> All of our quotes (over 100 pages!) collected from CPYU's Youth Culture e-Updates from 2001-2006.