09/02/2014 05:12 pm ET Updated Nov 02, 2014

Quotes to Start off the New School Year!

I always feel a little lazy when I do a blog post on quotes. But, I also believe that sometimes they're called for because I tend to struggle with how to phrase what I want to say or how to get my point across. And, then I come across these quotes that already know how I feel and what I've realized -- these words that capture what it's like to be young, or what it's like to let go of years of over-worrying, or what it's like to want to change. With the new school year starting, I found some quotes, mostly from books I finally got around to reading this summer, that I think will help you get this school year off to a great start!

"Practice isn't the thing you do once you're good. It's the thing you do that makes you good." --Malcom Gladwell, Outliers

It was as if that part of me, which was Harvard professor, had separated or disassociated itself from me... I thought 'Well, I worked hard to get that status but I don't really need it.' Again and again the figure changed and I recognized over there all the different aspects I knew to be me... cellist, pilot, lover and so on. With each new presentation, I again and again reassured myself that I didn't need that anyway. -- Baba Ram Dass, Be Here Now

"Sometimes people let the same problem make them miserable for years when they could just say, So what. That's one of my favorite things to say. So what." -- Andy Warhol

"We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down." -- Kurt Vonnegut

"I'm not saying that everything is survivable. Just that everything except the last thing is." -- John Green, Paper Towns