22 Inspiring Quotes From K-Pop Idols

Making it in the entertainment world is tough, but while these artists may be young, they have wills of steel! Whether you’re going through a rough patch or just needing an extra motivation boost, check out these heartwarming and inspiring quotes from 22 stars.

Epik High’s Tablo


(Note: I really recommend adding him on Snapchat: bornhaters and twitter: @blobyblo because he posts a lot of inspirational quotes on those platforms as well.)

“Just because you’re breathing doesn’t mean you’re alive.”

“Take your focus off of it [the feeling of discouragement] and unleash it on the many encouraging things you didn’t notice before.”

“If I’m going to be hurt anyways, I would rather have something positive come out of that experience. They say a swan makes its most beautiful sound when it dies.”

EXO’s Kai

“I’d rather bend than break.”

iKON’s Bobby

“I think reaching the top is ambiguous in and of itself. Above the top is the sky, above that is the universe, and even above that there’s going to be something else. I always want to be growing, higher than the sky and the universe.”

BAP’s Daehyun

“I don’t believe perfection exists in this world, but there are infinite amount of chances to being close to it.”

BAP’s Yongguk

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream, but a dream you dream together is reality.”

SHINee’s Key

“My dream isn’t to become the ‘best’; it’s to be someone who I’m not ashamed to be.”

SHINee’s Jonghyun

“Cry out loud once, then look in the mirror and shake it off. I’ve cried like that before and others will have times like that too. Cheer up. You’re not alone.”


“Sometimes you have to bite the bullet. Not only must you learn to accept their gaze with your eyes but also with your heart.”

“How many pages are there in my life? I’ve read only a prologue… But personally it’s exciting already.”

miss A’s Min

“Don’t confuse my attitude with my personality. My personality is who I am, my attitude depends on who you are.”

Girls’ Generation’s Sooyoung


“They said I was only allowed to look at pretty things so I was always looking in the mirror.”

“But you have to go down gracefully and the end has to be beautiful.”

“The biggest competition is myself. I am not looking to follow others or pull them down. I’m planning to test my own boundaries.”

f(x)’s Amber

“Beautiful is about accepting who I am: It took me a while to gain confidence to say, ‘Screw it, I just want to be me.'”

“But I think in the end everybody is their own individual and beautiful in their own way, whatever shape or size they are. I think that’s something we should constantly remind ourselves of and that’s what I wanted to tell everybody.”

Wonder Girls’ Yeeun

“It’s not like we have superpowers, or are super talented or super beautiful, but we have passion and we believe in ourselves.”

Jay Park

“As long as you’re not dead, your life isn’t the end.”

BEAST’s Yoseob

“Why do people take notice of the first snowfall but not the last day of snow? Remember the last too.”

Super Junior’s Leeteuk

“I wanted to become happy. I always have been looking for the key to happiness. Now, I think I have found it: being able to wake up in the morning, see the people I want to see, and laugh and cry together with them.”

TVXQ’s Yunho

“Although I am thankful that everybody labels me as ‘top,’ it is important to go back to being a rookie even if one becomes ‘top.’ After climbing up a high mountain, in order to climb up another even higher mountain the next time around, if one does not come back down once, it won’t happen. I’m coming down slowly and climbing up once again. If we repeat that process, when we are really climbing up a high mountain, we will come to see various sides. Isn’t that life?”

“I’ve been through a lot of unexpected crises, and on that path I hit upon a moment when I came into conflict with my inner self. I couldn’t help but endlessly asking myself, ‘Have I changed?’ The easiest and simplest answer to that (situation) was to accept myself just as I am.”


“If you stay twinkling, we’ll follow that light forever.”

Girl’s Day’s Minah

“You know my name, not my story.”

“I knew that if I had dark and heavy thoughts it’d become harder to run.”

BTS’s Rap Monster

“It’s nothing special. It can be your youth or anything else. It can be a period of time where something big happens…. but the most beautiful time of your life is when you feel that moment truthfully with your heart, and you accept that moment. Then from the time you were born until you die, your entire life can be beautiful.”

EXID’s Hani

“My mother always tells me since I debuted up until now, ‘Hani, you’re a very precious being. You are very special, because you’re my daughter.’ Even if I’m not pretty, even if I’m not amazing at something, it really helps a lot to know that you are a precious being to someone.”

mayme22‘s favorite Bible verse is 1 Peter 3:3-4.

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