SOTY 2018: Favourite inspirational quotes of this year's winners

  • These pithy thoughts will keep you motivated in life, even when times get tough
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The Student of the Year Awards 2018, presented earlier in May, awarded Hong Kong secondary school students for their passion and talent in nine distinct categories. From a troubled teenager who finds purpose in life through sports to a young inventor who designed a learning tool to help students with ADHD, the annual awards ceremony showed that anything can be achieved if your put your heart into it.

Many of the winners had to overcome personal obstacles to get to where they are now, so Young Post asked them to share a quote that helped to keep them motivated. Hopefully, these words can give you the courage to fight adversity and make your dreams a reality.

Grand Prize, and Scientist and Mathematician

Sean Mann, 18, Diocesan Boys’ School graduate

“If you know you’re not good enough, get better.”

Community Contributor

Yue Hang-chi, 18, Heep Yunn School graduate

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln

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Performing Artist

Wallace Lee, 18, Diocesan Boys’ School graduate

“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

Linguist (Cantonese)

Apple Tam Nga-sze, 17, St Mark’s School

“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” – John F. Kennedy

Linguist (English)

Benjamin Chan, 17, St Joseph’s College

“It takes nothing to join the crowd. It takes everything to stand alone.” – Hans F. Hansen

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Linguist (Putonghua)

Wong Mei-yu, 18, Singapore International School (Hong Kong) graduate

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” – Michael Jordan

Best Devotion to School

George Siu Chak-hang, 18, St Joseph’s College graduate

“Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.” – John C. Maxwell

Daisy Kwok Hiu-ming, 19, Hong Kong Red Cross Princess Alexandra School graduate

“Never give up. Never say no. Keep on trying. Give it a go!” – her teacher George Coveny

Serina Chong Tsz-san, 17, King Ling College

“With our capability and experience, the world is our oyster.” – William Shakespeare

Natalie Yu Man-ying, 18, Leung Shek Chee College graduate

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” – Edward Everett Hale

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Best Improvement

Alex Mai Wen-feng, 18, St Margaret’s Co-educational English Secondary and Primary School

“The world wants you to chase fame, but no skill is greater than maintaining sincerity.” – translated from lyrics of a song by Hong Kong indie pop band My Little Airport

Sam Ngan Shu-sum, 17, The Society of Boys’ Centres Hui Chung Sing Memorial School

“Only when you’re optimistic, you’re strong enough to face all challenges.”

Ngan Yu-ching, 19, Buddhist Fat Ho Memorial College graduate

“Never underestimate your power to change yourself; never overestimate your power to change others.” – Wayne W. Dyer

Lau Chit, 18, HKWMA Chu Shek Lun Secondary School

“It is not whether you can do it or not, it is whether you are willing to or not.” – his principal Wai Yee Kwan