Monday, October 6, 2014

Pep Talks revisited

People often use quotes to help people, to give people hope, to help them think of something in a different way. (Mr. Melkonian LOVES quotes!)

Think of or look up a quote that you could use to give someone that extra "pep" in a pep talk. What quote would you use...who said the quote...and what situation would you use it in?


  1. “ You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have” ~ author unknown
    I think I would use this in a pep talk for keep going. I would use it when someone has lost someone or something in there life. It really is saying that you are so strong and so use it. That you need to chose to be strong because sometimes it’s the only thing you can turn to. I would say this my friends whose dog just died. I think it would make that person feel better because she’ll know that she just has to pull through for a little bit longer. That’s why I chose this really good quote.

  2. You can always do more than you think you can. John Wooden. I would use this quote on someone that wasn’t winning a sport or felt like they did bad on something. Example: “I don’t think I can play this game today because I can’t do any tricks and I won’t be able to do something.” I would use that quote during a conversation like that.I would do this on a person that feels bad about himself because they didn’t do well on something.

  3. I think a good pep talk quote I would use is this one by Dr. Seuss. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who'll decide where to go.” I think I would use this quote in a situation when someone can’t decide what to do with their life, and they don’t know where to go.

  4. "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."
    ~Winston Churchill
    I think I would use this quote when someone has lost something, like a competition, not gotten something, or in their words, failed.

  5. I think a good pep talk quote I would use is this one by Dr. Seuss. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who'll decide where to go.” I think I would use this quote in a situation when someone can’t decide what to do with their life, and they don’t know where to go.

  6. The quote I would use in a pep talk would be "Give it your 100% for everything, or don't even bother doing it at all." My dad says this to me all the time when I'm having a soccer practice. I would say this to someone who maybe just strolling in a practice or someone who was not giving it there all.

  7. “Don’t be afraid to move on. Moving on can mean healing, getting back to yourself, pursuing your own interests, Loving yourself again and having good boundaries.” -Anonymous

    The situation I would use it in is if say an adult lost his/her job. I would say this quote because it could give them another look at the problem. It might make them want to pursue their dream in life.

  8. “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
    ― Mae West
    I would use this quote in a situation where someone was really depressed and thought that life was an awful thing. For example if someone they really loved died. I think this would be an excellent quote for that because it says that everyone has one life but you and only you can make that life worth living for yourself.

  9. If I had to give a pep talk to someone and they were nervous I would say:

    “Living isn’t living if you aren’t willing to be brave.”
    -Maddie Flory
    I would say this in a situation where whomever I was talking to wouldn’t go out on a limb to try something new or even a little dangerous. Of course I wouldn’t force them to do it, but a little encouragement always helps.

  10. My quote is “it does not do good to dwell on dreams and forget to live”
    -Albus Dumbledore
    I would use this quote if a family member had gone. I would use this quote because it say remember the fun but don’t let thinking about it ruin your life.

  11. "When people hurt you over and over, think of them like sand paper; They may scratch and hurt you a bit, but in the end, you end up polished and they end up useless." by Chris Colfer. I would use this if someone was bullying someone and they were really sad about it.

  12. A quote I know is, “Asking questions is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.” It was said by Barack Obama. I would say it when, like, there was a new kid who didn’t have any friends and she had a question she was dying to ask, but what if it was stupid, and no one else ever asked questions. Then I could say that quote, and say that since nobody else had questions but she did, then she was smarter than those other people.

  13. “Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward.”
    Victor Kiam

    “Expect problems and eat them for breakfast.”
    Alfred A. Montapert

    I think these quotes are great for a pep talk for a few reasons. First, they’re funny to get the person laughing but they have a deeper meaning. Second, they are motivational, they make you laugh but become more confident.

    I think these quotes are good when giving a pep talk to a friend. Especially when they got a bad grade on a test, or failed an audition, etc.

  14. If someone was sad about being different or was suffering from being bullied, I would say
    “ Be soft.
    Do not let the world make you hard.
    Do not let pain make you hate.
    Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness.
    Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree,
    you still believe it to be a beautiful place”
    ~Kurt Vonnegut
    because it is like can change you and you should always be yourself no matter what anyone thinks and just don’t let anyone make you feel bad about yourself. I think that those “do nots” mean don’t let anyone bring you down and if that happens don’t let any of those things happen to you.

  15. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
    ― Oscar Wilde
    I would use this quote when somebody was upset that they aren’t part of a group. For example, my older sister told me that in middle school, there are groups like, the popular group. If somebody wanted to be in the popular group, but was in the wierd group, I would tell them this quote.

  16. If I were to give someone a pep talk with a quote, the quote would be “ You never know you can actually do something until you actually do it.” ~ Abby Wambach. I think this quote proves that if you want to do something you have got to believe in yourself and do it. I think this quote would be used in a time when someone doesn't believe in themselves and they don't think they can do something like skiing, or swimming, or even walk. I think you would need to tell them this quote and maybe also say that you have to try before you give up on yourself. You can even say this quote when you're giving yourself a pep talk. It is a quote that can show you that you can do anything, you just have try.

    ~ Kendall B.

  17. If someone had not made a tryout or failed on a test here is something I would say this. "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to just try one more time." I think that is important because it would tell them they way to succeed is to try again not give up.

  18. The quote I would use is “Anyone can become angry -- that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way -- this is not easy” -Aristotle. The situation I would use this in is if a close friend or family member had just lost something very important and they were angry at someone, I would give them that quote and tell them “Life has more than enough room for second chances” (I made up that quote).

  19. I think a good quote to use would be, “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your possibilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you can not be successful or happy.” ~Norman Vincent Peale because it doesn't have very many cliches in it, and it is very motivational. I think a good time to use this would be if someone wasn't feeling very happy about themselves or something that they did; not turning in their homework, getting in trouble, etc.

  20. I would use this quote if someone doesn’t know what to do in their life, maybe they lost someone really close, maybe something really scary happened to them in their life. Anyways I would use this quote: ¨It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.¨ -Confucius. It’s pretty much saying just keep on trying and go at your own pace; as long as you don’t stop.

  21. “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I'm possible!’” ~ Audrey Hepburn
    I would use this quote with someone who thinks that they can’t do something. For example, if someone wanted to do a trick in a sport but couldn’t succeed, then just gave up, I would say that quote. “Even after many failed attempts, you will someday get it right.”~ Unknown

  22. If I were to use a quote in my pep talk, I would use this one: “If you can dream it, you can do it.” ~Walt Disney. I would use this quote in this situation:
    Your friend is thinking about quitting something she really likes because she doesn’t think she’s good enough.
    I would use this quote because I think it really matches the situation. I think the message this quote is trying to send is that if you just believe in yourself, you can do anything!

  23. “The greatest accomplishment is never falling, but in rising again after you fall”
    ~Vince Lombardi. I would use this quote after a friend didn’t get something like a part in a play they tried for or if they didn’t win student council. Also, if I am a coach some day I could use it after my team loses a game.


  24. I chose the quote "Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must, but take the step. Sadly, I could not figure out who it was by. You would use this quote if someone that you knew where trying out for a part in a school play or getting interviewed for a job and got the part, and they were kind of freaking out because they did not think that you would get, plus there also so happy about it. That is when I would say this to someone.