220+ Best Middle School Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Famous Middle School Quotes

A lot of kids are bullied because of their sexuality, and that breaks my heart, because they’re going to have to – high school’s hard enough to overcome. Middle school is hard enough to overcome when we get out of it. They say life is what you spend your time getting over because of high school, you know what I mean? — Kristin Chenoweth

When I was in middle school, I always did well in school, but teachers either loved me or absolutely hated me. — Miles Teller

Middle school was probably my hardest time. I was trying to fit in for so long, until about junior year of high school when I realized that trying to fit into this one image of perfection was never going to make me happy. — Maiara Walsh

In middle school, I really didn’t have music, but in high school, I remember taking a lot of choir and drama. — Adam Lambert

Growing up as a kid, in elementary and middle school, I was always getting in trouble. Always getting suspended. I got suspended for 90 days for fighting beginning my freshman year, so I missed Homecoming, and that’s when I turned the page. I went on honor roll and had good grades after that. It was the changing point. — Tyron Woodley

I know from my own personal experience. I was bullied in middle school and high school and went through my fair share of hard times thereafter. Also, one of my really good friends committed suicide when I was in high school. — Brittany Snow

Nothing could be as hard as middle school. — Zooey Deschanel

They tried to put me at tight end once, but I would end up just blocking people when they were actually trying to throw the ball to me. I was probably in middle school. It just didn’t stick. Except on running plays. — Edwin Jackson

I was convinced in middle school that I invented tight-rolling your pants, because I would get hand-me-downs from my brothers, and of course they were bell-bottoms from the ’70s. So I would fold and fold over the bells. I like to think I started the trend. But I didn’t. — Patrick Wilson

In middle school, one day this girl was like, ‘One day you wore Abercrombie, and one day you wore Quicksilver.’ I was like, ‘Hold on… what?’ I’m usually really calm, but I kind of went off on her. Because I decided to wear Quicksilver one day, you can’t place me? How stupid to have to live inside that box. — Kevin McHale

I’ve never progressed very far from my days as a smart aleck in middle school. — Carl Hiaasen

I once owned a really, really ugly pair of white leather boots. They were so bad. It was back in the ’80s! It was just a really tacky fashion choice when I was in middle school, and I thought it was cool. I’m really embarrassed. — Jordana Brewster

I, in middle school, started really, really liking country music because it tells a story. It’s really dramatic; I’m really dramatic. There’s a lot of emotion. It was like, ‘This is a perfect fit,’ and I was teased mercilessly for it. — Jessica Rothe

I remember being back in Knollwood Middle School back in Piscataway. I remember waking up Saturday mornings playing with my age group and the age group above me. — Karl-Anthony Towns

I wanted to do something raw and raucous and R-rated. But then ‘Middle School: the Worst Years of My Life’ came to me. One reason I took this movie on is because I saw it as a really great opportunity to revisit my own past through this character. — Steve Carr

I really enjoy playing the piano. I took lessons throughout middle school, but I had to drop the lessons. I actually got too busy, but I hope to pick up the lessons when I’m in college if I can. — Miranda Leek

I lived in Meadowbrook. I went to church at Meadowbrook United Methodist Church. I went to school at Meadowbrook Elementary School and then Meadowbrook Middle School. I learned to dance at Meadowbrook Country Club. All those things grounded me in one place and I think most of Fort Worth is just like the area I grew up in. — Kay Granger

I really do believe some people are naturally novelists and some people are short story writers. For me, when I was in middle school or high school, I started with novels. — M. K. Hobson

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In middle school, I played quarterback. I was at a tiny school, so you played offense and defense – I played linebacker, and in high school I stopped playing around my sophomore year because of my acting stuff. — Jesse Plemons

Middle school students are at a critical time in their lives when making good choices matters – the decisions they make in these formative years have an impact on their future success. — Danny K. Davis

I was kind of a tomboy. I was the girl in middle school with the floods on – I wasn’t fashionable at all. — Tori Bowie

When I grew up on the south side of Chicago, it was kind of a rough neighborhood, and when my parents saw the prospect of my older sister going to middle school, high school, they decided that we would move to the north side of Chicago, Highland Park, and for me, that was a whole new ballgame. — John M. Grunsfeld

When I was at the end of middle school and the beginning of high school, I fell in love with hockey in a serious way. — Adam F. Goldberg

I spent most of my days in school being a class clown. I never shut up. By the time I was in middle school, I had myself a personal aide. — Enzo Amore

I was actually always really self-conscious about my gap. In middle school, this group of girls were always trying to beat me up – they called my gap a parking lot. It was a really awkward time. — Lindsey Wixson

In our era of zero tolerance, I would surely have spent most of elementary and middle school shuttling between suspensions and expulsions, with an occasional time out for social studies. — Charlie Sykes

All my life – middle school, high school – I’ve always been worried what are people going to think. — Nikki Glaser

I did have AOL Instant Messenger when I was in middle school. — Jonathan Groff

I started getting really interested in comedy when I was in middle school. — Abbi Jacobson

I honestly realized that my dad was white when someone told me in middle school. They’re like, ‘Oh your dad’s white?’ I’m like, ‘Oh, my gosh, he really is white.’ I knew what race was, but it didn’t matter to me. — Tamera Mowry

You want to help gay kids, you have to reach them in middle school and high school, when they’re being bullied. — Dan Savage

I actually went to an arts middle school with Shia LaBeouf, but even there, I was one of the weirder kids. — Thundercat

I went to private school for two years, then Aptos Middle School, and I finished at McAteer. Several of my classmates at those schools are my friends today. — Aisha Tyler

Beginning in middle school, the era of wide-margined, Bible-paged anthologies, short stories develop unpromising associations – and these associations often linger through college, when stories become the things distributed in Xeroxes missing entire pages of line-endings. — Ben Dolnick

I had a band when I was in middle school, but I was the drummer. I kind of thought if I was going to be in a band, I’d be the drummer. I’m innately drawn to rhythm. But we didn’t have any shows. We just jammed in our parents’ basement. — Borns

I still remember sitting in my parent’s basement playing ‘Final Fantasy VII’ in middle school. When Sephiroth came down like LeBron James on Aerith with that sword, I couldn’t talk for a full 20 minutes. — Chieh Huang

In Greenville, we were blessed to have lots of youth arts programs. I changed middle schools to go to an arts middle school. Then, when high school came, I went to normal high school for a little while before auditioning for the Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities. — Danielle Brooks

My dad died of a heart attack when I was 15. I was bullied mercilessly in middle school. I went through a divorce – those not-so-great things are all a part of me, and they give me a place to go when I cover those stories on the news. I’m more empathetic, more relatable because of them. — Megyn Kelly

Middle school left some scars, as I’m sure it did for many of us. When my body started to change, I felt a bit like I was living inside a stranger. People began responding to me differently, which was confusing. — Dan Amboyer

In middle school, I saw Chris Brown live, and I thought, ‘I can do that.’ And these girls are screaming for him. — Shameik Moore

I started off dancing and playing sports, and I joined the drama stuff, the theatre stuff in middle school because my friends were involved, and it was kind of the cool thing to do. — Kara Lindsay

In elementary school, I identified more with my Asian side. I had a lot of Korean friends, and then, once middle school hit, it was a little more diverse. — Karrueche Tran

When I was in middle school, that’s when I first started making beats. I was maybe 14, 16, something like that. — Flying Lotus

New Kids On The Block were never my thing; my middle school crush was on Rob Van Winkle. — Ashlan Gorse Cousteau

I haven’t lost an election since middle school. — Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

I moved to Queens, New York, when I was seven and a half. I went to middle school in a foreign country, but I had so many different kinds of Americans push me along and encourage me. I was very odd. I didn’t talk very well. We were poor, and we didn’t have any connections, but people showed up and pushed me along. — Min Jin Lee

When my mother was diagnosed with cancer, my middle school friends and myself really had no idea the impact of that diagnosis, but my family did. — Jenna Morasca

I was a huge bookworm, total nerd, so I was a victim in middle school. I was in three academic clubs, so I was an easy target. — Nicole Gale Anderson

positive middle school quotes

In middle school, I was really into the ‘Redwall’ series, about anthropomorphic rodents in medieval times. I had a bowl cut, too, if you need the full imagery. — Tyler Oakley

When I finish a first draft, I often look back at first chapters I wrote and laugh at them. They’re like pictures of yourself in middle school. You’re embarrassed to see them. — Scott Westerfeld

I had been doing all my school plays, elementary school, middle school, and high school, and then summer. I’d wanted to act for a long time, and I thought I was going to go to college and do theater, go that route. But ‘Superbad’ kind of fell on my lap. I was very, very lucky for that. — Christopher Mintz-Plasse

I was really into emo and scene culture in middle school. — Hari Nef

‘True School’ is one great big reminder. It’s a reminder to everybody in that middle school bracket that was in school when playing hard to get was out. — Monie Love

My middle school years were defined by memorizing every single word off ‘License to Ill’ and ‘Paul’s Boutique.’ — Adam F. Goldberg

I was a religious ‘SNL’ watcher all through middle school. I was obsessed with Molly Shannon, Ana Gasteyer, Cheri Oteri – they were on right when I found the show. Then I started watching the older episodes, and it just totally blew my mind that my dream show already existed. — Aidy Bryant

I’ve coached grassroots for eight years, I coached middle school, and I coached high school. — Penny Hardaway

I went to middle school and high school, and my drama teacher, Ms. Cooper, basically nurtured me. It was always a part of my life, and my parents allowed it to be. — Teyonah Parris

With ‘SNL,’ it’s such an iconic institution. Throughout my 20s or maybe even in middle school or high school, it never felt like a real thing. It felt so distant, and I never imagined I could do that. — Kyle Mooney

I have a really small puppy, Georgie, and one of my favorite things is to take her to the park and play with her. I take two classes at middle school, math and chorus, and I love walking home with her after school. — Emily Alyn Lind

I was in middle school right around the time the Bloods and the Crips started taking root in Compton and a lot of the other neighborhoods around me. I saw way too many of my peers – smart, kind, good kids – who got drawn into gangs and violence, and their futures were going to be forever scarred by that. — Forest Whitaker

I listened to a lot of No Doubt stuff when I was in high school – or maybe it was middle school… I don’t want to age myself too much! — Ashley McBryde

I’ve been entrepreneurial since middle school. I was always arranging bake sales, dances and school trips to raise money for the Dalton School. — Dylan Lauren

It feels awesome to be a Guinness World Records title holder and to be the first artist to achieve this with Billboard. I remember being in elementary and middle school and looking at the books for all of the records, and I can’t believe my name gets to be in there now. — Kane Brown

It’s always a tough process when you’re always the best guy on your team, in high school, in middle school, AAU and things like that. Then you come together, and you may not be the best guy on the team. You may have to adjust. You may not be a go to scorer. You may have to be a picker. You may have to be a rebounder. — DeAndre Jordan

I always wrote stories, but I do remember a particular moment in middle school where I became passionate about essay writing. — Rupi Kaur

When I came out of the military, I had a club in Memphis and I started using the The Bar Kays as my club band. They were still only in the middle school – but I’d take them on the road with me on the weekends, sometimes. — William Bell

When I was in middle school and high school, I was over 100 pounds overweight. — Josh Trank

I was in middle school at a bat mitzvah, and a fashion photographer, Suzy Gorman, came up to me and asked me if I considered being a model. I did a shoot with her, and than I signed with an agency in Saint Louis. — Devon Windsor

I started acting pretty young, so I haven’t had too many odd jobs. But I used to sell candy out of my locker in middle school. — Paul Dano

I remember in middle school and high school being so concerned with what everybody else thought. I was trying to be someone I wasn’t. I wish I could’ve just let it slide and not cared about it. — Emeraude Toubia

I was feeling like a real misfit in middle school, but when I saw ‘Wicked,’ it made me feel really cool for being different… and you can carve that in stone! — Jennifer Damiano

I read ’13 Reasons Why’ in middle school, and the message of the book stuck with me: to treat people better because you never know what they’re going through. — Alisha Boe

I love running. I’ve been running ever since middle school. In terms of clearing your head and restarting everything, I love running. — Ellie Kemper

I think about the milestones from my childhood and what it will be like to watch our kids go through them. Taking Riley to her first day of school was a whirlwind. I can’t imagine what middle school is going to be like, and high school, and graduation. — Stephen Curry

I was constantly involved in music and theatre all through middle school and high school. — Janelle Monae

I think I’m like that nerdy dad from middle school who always has a video camera, but in the same respect, I only take it out during interesting occasions. — Casey Neistat

When I was in middle school, I loved Egyptian mythology. — Caroline Polachek

I know that by the time I was in middle school, Andre Norton was definitely my favorite author. — Martha Wells

It started in middle school. Once, a group of girls locked me in the janitor’s closet. Another time, a girl spilled chocolate milk down a dress I made. Girls would try to trip me in the hallway. — Dove Cameron

One of the challenges of commencement speeches is that you have this older, wiser person who is accomplished talking to young, not-yet-so-wise, not-yet-accomplished adults or, in high school or middle school, even younger. — Angela Duckworth

My father, Jimmy Walker, was the first pick in the 1967 draft, but I never met him. He passed in 2007. I found out about him in middle school. I was old enough to understand who he was, where he went to college, and what his game was about. Older players like Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar have come up to me to talk about him. — Jalen Rose

My high school experience was pretty good, but my middle school experience was god awful. It was horrible. I got picked on like no tomorrow. — Zachary Levi

I started karate in middle school when my parents wanted me to babysit my younger brother. He was a little troublemaker, so they wanted me to make sure the class was going okay. I ended up being way more into it than my brother. — Karen Fukuhara

I didn’t have any terrible survival jobs. The main job I had before I was able to transition over to acting full-time was working at an after-school program at a middle school teaching improv and standup. So even when I had a regular job, I was still lucky enough to be doing the stuff I loved in some way. — Nick Kroll

famous middle school quotes

In middle school, I was boy crazy and it was the worst! I would always lose, too. I was more into the competition than the boy by the end of it! I just wanted to win! — Elizabeth Gillies

In 2011, at least a third of middle school and high school students who smoked cigars used flavored little cigars. Six states – Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Wisconsin – already have youth cigar smoking rates that are the same or higher than youth cigarette smoking. — Tom Frieden

Back when I taught middle school and wrote adult mysteries, my students often asked me why I wasn’t writing for kids. I never had a good answer for them. It took me a long time to realize they were right. — Rick Riordan

I definitely tried to skateboard in middle school, and being from San Diego, surf and skate culture is a big, prevalent thing. But I was not that good – I was kind of a chubby kid and didn’t totally master skating. — Kyle Mooney

I was born in San Francisco’s Chinatown in 1948 but grew up in a black neighborhood. During elementary and middle school, I commuted to a bilingual school in Chinatown. So I did not confront white American culture until high school. — Laurence Yep

What I’m really addicted to is getting people to understand that if their kids aren’t competent readers coming out of middle school, it’s really going to be hard for them in high school. — James Patterson

I definitely think being a young girl, there’s a time where – like when you’re in middle school or when you first start liking boys – you don’t really feel comfortable. You remember that time when you first got your period, or when your boobs started coming in, that you were like, ‘This is weird.’ You have to grow into yourself. — Camila Cabello

When I was in middle school, some of my so-called friends found a catalogue ad I did for Superman pajamas. They made as many copies as they could and pasted them up all over school. — Jensen Ackles

My fascination with women’s clothes began very early. My mother was a very fashionable woman. She also made her own clothes. She had these fashion magazines, and I would draw the women in them. My middle school art teacher suggested that I have a fashion drawing show. — Alexander Chee

I was bullied in elementary to middle school. It messed with my self esteem. — Ashton Sanders

I love the way this sport has evolved and impacted every segment of society. Now you have cross training and weight training in every sport and from middle school kids to senior citizens. — Lee Haney

My older brother was always in the gym, and I saw how hard he worked. Around middle school, I was in there with him, and I started to love it. But it wasn’t like I had a basketball in my hand at age 2. — Malcolm Brogdon

I grew up in a conservative New England town and showed up to my middle school orientation dressed like ‘Clueless’ while everyone else was wearing J. Crew and lacrosse uniforms. I never really fit into that preppy look. — Emily Weiss

We need to not pay attention to those losers who tried to push us down the stairs when we were in middle school. — Poppy

Middle school was my most awkward stage. I switched schools after the sixth grade after having gone to the same school for six years with the same group of 40 kids. It was a shock. I reinvented myself. I experimented with different styles, different groups of friends, and different types of music and not knowing how to be cool. — Amber Stevens

I said I wanted to be a model when I was in middle school. Everyone close to me raised doubts except for my parents. My parents trusted me and gave me full support. — Kim Woo-bin

Grade school, middle school and high school were relatively easy for me, and with little studying, I was an honor student every semester, graduating 5th in my high school class. — Ferid Murad

I had a science teacher in middle school who inspired me… simply because she acknowledged me and made me feel that what I had to offer was worthy. — Marcia Gay Harden

In middle school, I had the best math teacher I’ve ever had, and he was deaf… and I felt inspired by him. I knew from then on that I wanted to be a math teacher. — Nyle DiMarco

Growing up in the ’80s in central New Jersey as a weird kid with a blue mohawk listening to the Sex Pistols and dressing really funky, I was bullied pretty badly. It was every single day in elementary school and kept going into middle school, too. I felt totally alone, without a single person there for me. — Michelle Visage

My mom wanted to be a country singer, too, so country was always being played. And my girlfriends and I used to go to concerts, like Brad Paisley, in middle school and high school. — Jana Kramer

From the time the kids were in upper grade school and middle school, we took trips over the Christmas break to nature-focused places, such as the Okefenokee Swamp and Cumberland Island in Georgia; Costa Rica; Maho Bay campground in St. John, Virgin Islands; the llanos of Venezuela; the southern coast and highlands of Belize. — Henry Paulson

I really had a rough time in middle school. Middle school to me was the way most people explain high school. Then in high school I had a blast. I basically did everything that you would do in high school or in college, so it really wasn’t a difficult thing to pull out. — Hayden Panettiere

I kept hiding my smile in pictures throughout middle school and most of high school until picture day came my senior year. — Uzo Aduba

Childhood is generally far too early to know what we want to be when we grow up. Longitudinal studies following thousands of people across time have shown that most people only begin to gravitate toward certain vocational interests, and away from others, around middle school. — Angela Duckworth

In middle school, I did the whole, like, ‘Do you like me? Check this box yes, check this box no,’ I did that to so many crushes; I always got in trouble for passing notes in school. — Lana Condor

I started singing in my church choir, and then when I got to middle school, I had the coolest musical theatre director, and we actually did ‘The Wiz’ in seventh grade, and I was Addaperle, and my grandma was like, ‘Why didn’t you audition for Dorothy?’ But I was too nervous for that. — Shanice Williams

From middle school to the first year of high school, I went to a school in Miami that seemed like a private country club. The whole cheerleader, football player, clique-y thing there was terrifying. Those people were so scary. They’re the scariest kinds of people because they are idolized by their peers. — Zoe Kravitz

When I was in middle school, the librarian there was secretary for a couple of groups of professional writers. She introduced me to Ray Bradbury and Richard Matheson, and I became very friendly with them over a period of two years. Both of them were very generous with their time, guidance and advice. — Jonathan Maberry

There’s something incredibly vulnerable about middle school for me. We’re really impressionable during that period. The cement’s still wet, so to speak, and a lot of things later in life are born during that season. — Mat Kearney

I did poorly in math for a couple of years in middle school; I was just not interested in thinking about it. — Maryam Mirzakhani

I was made fun of a lot in middle school. When I was in seventh grade, the popular kids paid the most popular guy to ask me out. — Rachel Bloom

I first was introduced to really, I guess, underground electronic music when I was in middle school. — Flying Lotus

‘Middle school’ is used as shorthand for a time when things change. It’s a time a lot of kids feel like they don’t even have one good friend. — Rebecca Stead

Over at the Olivia Pope & Associates set, we’re like middle school children. Every time there’s a cut in the action, we joke and dance around; there’s show tunes and fart noises. — Darby Stanchfield

I originally started playing saxophone. I started singing a little bit when I got into middle school, when I realized girls didn’t really date the dude with the saxophone. — Luke James

In middle school, I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup. I secretly bought Maybelline’s SuperStay 24-hr. concealer at CVS. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world. — Gigi Hadid

Yes, obviously, I would love to play a vampire! I mean, I went to Hot Topic and got the fake vampire teeth for Halloween in middle school. Obviously, I want fangs sometime! — Grace Phipps

memorable middle school quotes

A lot of people ask me, ‘How did you have the courage to walk up to record labels when you were 12 or 13 and jump right into the music industry?’ It’s because I knew I could never feel the kind of rejection that I felt in middle school. Because in the music industry, if they’re gonna say no to you, at least they’re gonna be polite about it. — Taylor Swift

School was rough for me. I was a good student in middle school, but high school wasn’t so fun. I still pulled through, though! I excelled in art, fashion, history and English literature – anything creative. Math and science I struggled a bit more in. — India de Beaufort

When I was in middle school, I remember thinking, like, Tara Lipinski was 14: I only got a few more years to go before I’m really old. — Mirai Nagasu

My biggest problem in middle school was catty girls, cliques, and trying to figure out if I wanted to be a part of one of those, just figuring out who I was and all that. — Lindsey Shaw

I feel like I’d be a really good teacher. I would go for middle school… those high schoolers would be difficult to deal with. — Meagan Tandy

In middle school, we are all so damn insecure. It was the worst time for me, really destructive, like slapping myself across the face but loving it. Now I have to be an adult and change myself. I have to be a bigger person. — Nikki Reed

The first time I ever saw a horror movie, I think I was in middle school, and we watched ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ and ‘It’ at a slumber party. — Jessica Rothe

I remember, in middle school, I went to four different schools. That was a rough patch. But it’s also what shaped me as a person. — Mark Foster

I don’t get a chance to be funny with the thrillers. I like to be funny, and I think I am really funny. So with ‘Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life’, it was fun to let loose. — James Patterson

It’s well known that many girls have a tendency to dumb down when they’re in middle school. — Sally Ride

When I was in middle school, we had moved from Texas to Orange County. I didn’t fit in, and it was pretty lonely. — Pedro Pascal

I’ve always loved film, and since I knew I probably couldn’t be a cowboy or a spy in real life, I thought I’d play one in a movie! I started doing theater in middle school and tested for ‘Victorious’ before being in an episode of ‘iCarly.’ — Spencer Boldman

I started rapping towards the end of middle school. In high school, with a lot of my friends, we would make beats and just start rapping – beating on the wall, beating on the table and freestyling. — Damian Lillard

I was voted funniest person in my middle-school yearbook. So I guess I was funny in middle school? — Cecily Strong

In middle school, I had a teacher who regularly reminded students of the Monday night Young Life meetings he sponsored; on Tuesdays, he’d spend the first few minutes of class palling around with the chosen ones about all the fun and fellowship they’d experienced together. — Laura Moser

I just remember having the President’s Fitness Challenge when I was in elementary school and middle school. You had to do different activities, and at the end of it, I think you got a little pin or a badge. I was like, ‘How do we incorporate Captain America into high school?’ You would have the ‘Captain America Fitness Challenge.’ — Jon Watts

I grew up in Dutch Harbor, Alaska – a place so tiny, we got only one channel on TV. The high school and middle school had 50 kids total! — Darby Stanchfield

Most teachers, when surveyed, say that it is part of their job to help students develop things like grit. This is especially true at the elementary and middle school levels. They feel it’s part of their vocation to teach other things that are not formally academic content. — Angela Duckworth

It’s refreshing going from getting picked on in middle school to getting my name screamed out across the street. — Lucas Till

When I started making beats in the 7th grade – even through middle school and high school – I admired a lot of Shawty Redd, stuff like that, that real dark, trap sound. — Metro Boomin

‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte has been my all-time favorite book since I was in middle school. — Rebecca Serle

I remember kids in high school and middle school who – I was kind of an insecure mess – I think there were those kids who really stepped out and paid attention to the kids that weren’t as popular, and I see those kids as leaders. — Tony Hale

I remember, in middle school, we did the musical ‘Oliver.’ I loved the movie, and I always wanted to play Oliver. It might not have been stated, but the boys auditioned for Oliver, and the girls auditioned for Nancy. But we also did a play called ‘Li’l Abner,’ and I was really excited that they let me put on a suit and a fake mustache. — Asia Kate Dillon

‘Freaky Friday’ was my favorite movie in middle school. — Skyler Samuels

In middle school, I started to draw, and my pencil sketches were huge. They were these 4ft by 3ft drawings, and I got a lot of attention for that, so that was very validating. But I didn’t start cartooning until I was in college. — Jeff Kinney

Oh my God. Am I a ‘Buffy’ fan? ‘Buffy’ on DVD got me through middle school. — Grace Phipps

My first love of jazz came from joining the Chilliwack Middle School band – it was like an 18-piece jazz band, and I wanted to join just because the older kids looked like they were having so much fun. — Bria Skonberg

I haven’t watched Miss America since I was in middle school, and I was incredulous even then. — Bari Weiss

Being able to be one of the headline bands on Warped Tour was a dream I had since I was in middle school. — Andy Biersack

I feel, as an adult, I’m very similar to how I was as a pre-teen. Maybe it’s a case of arrested development, but I feel like it’s easy to slip back into those shoes, and I feel like if we were all magically transported back to our middle school years, we’d all act like we did in middle school. — Jeff Kinney

I’ve only ever been in one band in my life, and that was in middle school. — Anderson East

By the time I reached middle school, I fully identified myself not even as biracial but just as black. — Shaun King

I was in theater when I was in elementary, middle school and high school. I didn’t know it would be an actual profession for me. I didn’t think of it as a reality. — Katie Cassidy

I didn’t graduate eighth grade. I could have, but I got into too many fights in middle school. — Nick Diaz

By middle school, I said to myself that it’s time I begin to speak. I joined the choir, not because I wanted to. I forced myself. — Juan Felipe Herrera

I started cooking out of middle school depression. — Zac Posen

I did the plays in middle school. I was cast as a gate in my fourth grade play, and every year I got a bigger role. Then, in 7th grade, I played Smike in ‘Nicholas Nickleby,’ and the casting director saw me and asked me to audition for a movie. That movie led to me getting ‘Moonrise Kingdom.’ — Lucas Hedges

It was jarring to be berated for ‘acting white’ when I was placed in a predominantly black middle school in Southern California. I was also chubby, into boys who weren’t into me, and tried too hard to fit into this ‘blackness’ I was supposed to be. — Issa Rae

I was a smart kid. I went to private school in middle school and got kicked out. — Travis Scott

I finally chopped off my ponytail at the end of middle school, and it was the best decision I made. — Amber Liu

All through my life, I was hated on. When I was in middle school, they used to write in my rhyme book, ‘You suck’ or ‘This sucks.’ — B.o.B

Middle school is when I got super obsessed with battle rapping. — 6lack

As I got into middle school, I was really an outcast. But everybody was an outcast in middle school. I don’t know who got the idea to put all kids going through puberty together in a school and give them academic elitism and competition and pit them against each other. — Jordan Gavaris

From Day 1 since I was in middle school, it’s just to get better every day and not settle for anything, try to get better, try to improve, and try to stay hungry. That’s not going to change. — Khris Middleton

Once your kid reaches middle school, parents are really supposed to fade out of the social picture. Kids are supposed to make their own plans, keep up with sophisticatedly crude discussions, and be able to go out on their own without supervision. — Claire Scovell LaZebnik

I had no aspirations beyond middle school except to wrestle, no reason to go into high school. This world is all I’ve known since 15 years of age. — Kazuchika Okada

My formative years were in Houston. I was in middle school, and everyone was dropping the last half of their names and adding an ‘o’ to the end. My little crew that I had, we were an all-female rap group, and everyone had an ‘o’ at the end of their name. I was Lisso. Then this dude started getting lazy with it, saying Lizzo. — Lizzo

Our approach to education has remained largely unchanged since the Renaissance: From middle school through college, most teaching is done by an instructor lecturing to a room full of students, only some of them paying attention. — Daphne Koller

There was no professional basketball for me in the United States when I was in grade school and middle school. I could look to the Olympics and college basketball, but that was only on TV for the Final Four. — Sue Bird

I was born on December 30, 1930 in Ningbo, a city on the east coast of China with a rich culture and over seven thousand years of history. Although it was a tumultuous age in China when I was a child, I was lucky enough to have completed a good education from primary to middle school. — Tu Youyou

High school was interesting, because I went from a public school middle school to an academy where the first year we were doing Latin, chemistry, biology. I mean, I was woefully unprepared for the type of study. — Kyle Chandler

Falling head over heels in love with women was a habit I thought I’d thoroughly grown out of in middle school, when a group of about five girls and I color-coordinated our outfits and spent weekends and even some weeknights sprawled out in each others bedrooms. — Jenna Wortham

I was home schooled in high school but was definitely the nerd in middle school. — Nicole Gale Anderson

The myth of the peachfuzz billionaire has emerged. This new Horatio Alger typically launches his first start-up in middle school, and somewhere between the campus computer-science lab and a move to Palo Alto hacks up a Web site where users provide fun or useful content. — Steven Levy

I’d done plays in middle school, done some for the church in high school, but I had no intention of ever being a professional actor. — Jovan Adepo

I haven’t done improv since I was in middle school. — Gillian Jacobs

I thought that I wanted to be a cheerleader because I was one in middle school. — Joan Allen

If you had known me in middle school, I was definitely not what someone would think of as Brad Pitt. That was not me. I was kind of a dork. — Lucas Till

When I was in middle school, I liked to make cartoons. — Pete Docter

I was one of the ones in my generation who actually did connect with ‘The Wiz,’ even though it was not on Broadway or the movie wasn’t big anymore by the time I was of age to notice. But I was into it in middle school. — Shanice Williams

In middle school, I had an ’87 Regal. That was unheard of. — Young Jeezy

I played one year of competitive basketball, actually. I don’t remember what grade I was in, maybe middle school or something. I was the point guard – I was the smallest one always. I did my best; I thought I did pretty good. I was always a little bit better at soccer, so I had to make the decision. — Christian Pulisic

I played trumpet in middle school, and then I had to get braces, so I had to stop playing trumpet and start playing drums. — Brendon Urie

I grew up an only child, and I always felt as if I didn’t fit in. In middle school, in grammar school, and even high school, I just didn’t feel like I fit in. — Shanice Williams

I was a competitive swimmer in middle school and high school. — Katharine McPhee

Ballet found me, I guess you could say. I was discovered by a teacher in middle school. I always danced my whole life. I never had any training, never was exposed to seeing dance, but I always had something inside of me. I would love to choreograph and dance around. — Misty Copeland

In middle school, you’re figuring out how you’re affecting people, and sometimes you’re affecting people negatively. And what sucks is that it can affect people for their whole lives. I didn’t realize I was a part of that. — Lucy Dacus

As for middle school, I had a really horrible era of style. I’d only play basketball with the boys during lunch, so I went through a phase of only wearing Lakers uniforms to school – that was cute! And then I kind of went through the Puma phase that everyone went through with the sweatsuits, which turned into Juicy Couture sweatsuits. — Gigi Hadid

I can’t stress to you enough how much I can relate to teens being cyberbullied. Something that helps me is looking at old videos of me and my friends from middle school, or videos of my family. I love watching funny videos of my favorite people – it really cheers me up. — Ariana Grande

My dad dropped out of school in middle school, but he reads five or six books a week, and my mom reads about two. — Beth Macy

I always wrote songs. Elementary school, middle school. It didn’t feel more creative than speaking. It was just normal to do that. — Lucy Dacus

There is an epidemic right now of girls dumbing themselves down… in middle school because they think it makes them attractive. — Danica McKellar

There’s a lot of middle school behavior in Washington, D.C. I look at that and I say, ‘I’ve seen that before,’ it was just with a 14-year-old. — James Lankford

I went through a lot in middle school, and you always try so many different looks and try to be so many different people. I finally realized I’m awkward, I’m lanky, and I’m going to embrace it – make fun of myself and just laugh. — Ireland Baldwin

I’ve never run into a person who yearns for their middle school days. — Jeff Kinney

My schedule won’t allow me to go to regular school, but I did love public school, and I did experience my first year of middle school in a regular school. — Storm Reid

In middle school and high school, I had straight A’s, and I graduated at the top of my year. On the flip side of that, I struggled with very severe performance anxiety. — Simone Giertz

When I was in middle school, and teachers lectured about World War II, the conflict seemed impossibly distant and irrelevant. And it had only happened 15 years earlier. — Don Kardong

I didn’t even get a computer till I was 16, so I didn’t have Internet when I was in middle school and beginning of high school. I didn’t think to be looking things up and looking at message boards saying whether people liked me or not. — Sara Paxton

I was bullied from grade one to six. Even middle school was tough for me. Everyone had these pre-existing friendships, and I was the new kid, who was acting, so that didn’t help much either. It was really tough. — Devon Bostick

I’ve always been into things like exploring and science on the frontiers. I had pictures of space up in my room way back in middle school, right next to the boy band posters! — Christina Koch

‘Welcome to the Dollhouse’ is great. Even though it’s about a girl in middle school, to me, that feels like the most honest reflection of what being a kid around that age feels like. — Jon Watts

I was always an actor, starting in middle school. I was in all the plays and all that. But dancing didn’t come into my life until late into high school. — Harry Shum, Jr.

I definitely started to perform a little bit in middle school, but not the typical musical/play route. I think that I am funny, but it was more of a social thing, where that was my part in my circle of friends. — Abbi Jacobson

Throughout elementary and middle school, I was used to hearing other words: Smart. Studious. Well-spoken. Well-read. They became pillars of my self-confidence, enabling me to build myself up on what I contributed rather than what I looked like. — Janet Mock

When I was about 12, I came home from middle school and told my parents I wanted to be an actor. My father didn’t say it to me, but he told my mom, ‘No. I’m not going to allow that. He’ll starve to death.’ I grew up in a small town in Illinois where being an actor was not something people did. — Richard Jenkins

McCain is the kid who was really cool in middle school but never got high school game and people are sick of him acting like he’s still popular. — Adam McKay

I was going to middle school in Berkley, and I did not fit in at all. Like a lot of kids, I found theater to be a good place for me. — Curtis Armstrong

I’ve always been pretty reserved, but after taking drama classes in middle school to get more comfortable performing in front of people, I thought I should try out for television. — Stephan James

I coach a high school wrestling team and a middle school team. I consider myself a coach and an activist, so I’m really involved in the community. — Nate Parker

If anything, we should feel sorry for the people who want us to feel bad about ourselves, because they are the ones struggling for approval. In middle school, bullies tortured other kids because they thought it would make people like them more. — Ariana Grande

My first dunk ever was in middle school. We were playing, me and my church friends, and I dunked it, and I swear I could not sleep that night. — Jeremy Lin

To change the media, you’re gonna have to totally throw out every journalism school and get rid of everybody in every newsroom, and then you’re gonna have to change the grade school and middle school and high school curriculum. — Rush Limbaugh

My mom and I have always been really close. She’s always been the friend that was always there. There were times when, in middle school and junior high, I didn’t have a lot of friends. But my mom was always my friend. Always. — Taylor Swift

In the village where I grew up, a lot of girls didn’t have a choice of whether to go to middle school. They would get engaged or married and spend their entire life in that village. — Zhou Qunfei

When I was in middle school and even high school, I wasn’t comfortable with my body. I look back, and it makes me sad, but I’ve grown into my body and really embrace it. I don’t have the typical girl body; I’m kind of built like a boy. — Kelley O’Hara

My first taste of theater was my middle school play. We did ‘The Jungle Book.’ I auditioned for Mowgli, which I didn’t get. I ended up playing a part as one of the monkeys. — Cody Simpson

I worked in theater my whole life. My mom was a drama teacher at my middle school. In high school, I was Drama Club President every year, and then I auditioned for conservatory acting programs. — Jenn Proske

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