Let’s face it, often when you quote Shakespeare, you enjoy implying that you read Shakespeare. Even if the real source of your Shakespeare quote is Quotes of the Day. But sometimes the quotes that make me think "I hope my younger sister and eventually my kids read this and live by it," come from unexpected sources. Here – from the world of fashion and celebrity websites – are three life lessons:
"I didn’t get into this to be a role model. So I’m sorry if I’m influencing your kids in a way that you don’t like, but I can’t be responsible for their actions." – Taylor Momsen
You are not responsible for the well-being of everyone who looks up to you (especially not if you are a sixteen-year-old celebrity). The people that you look up to may make really stupid decisions. Ultimately, you should be making your choices (and judging other people) action per action, rather than choosing a role model and following them blindly.
"The same ‘fashion’ magazines that offer advice about pleasing men might decide that fashion isn’t for overweight people, but it’s Tanya Gold’s fault for believing it, and if she really wanted to have fun with clothes she could." – Tavi Gevinson (responding to "Why I hate fashion" by Tanya Gold)
If you don’t like the rules, change them instead of refusing to play. Don’t let your issues stop you from enjoying life.
"When you do something great and somebody says ‘I like that’, you should look at them and say: ‘Thank you, I worked very hard on it, and I know it’s great.’" – Lady Gaga
Be proud of your work. Obviously.