Selected Quotes about Youth

In case you're worried about what's going to become of the younger generation, it's going to grow up and start worrying about the younger generation. -- Roger Allen

Young people are in a condition like permanent intoxication, because youth is sweet and they are growing. -- Aristotle

Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life. -- Herbert Henry Asquith

I'm youth, I'm joy, I'm a little bird that has broken out of the egg. -- James M. Barrie

You can only be young once. But you can always be immature. -- Dave Barry

Nobody understands anyone 18, including those who are 18. -- Jim Bishop

Youth isn't always all it's touted to be. -- Lawana Blackwell

I'm trying very hard to understand this generation. They have adjusted the timetable for childbearing so that menopause and teaching a sixteen-year-old how to drive a car will occur in the same week. -- Erma Bombeck

What a mistake to suppose that the passions are strongest in youth! The passions are not stronger, but the control over them is weaker! They are more easily excited, they are more violent and apparent; but they have less energy, less durability, less intense and concentrated power than in the maturer life. -- Edward Bulwer-Lytton

The dead might as well try to speak to the living as the old to the young. -- Willa Cather

Youth is something very new: twenty years ago no one mentioned it. -- Coco Chanel

In youth we learn; in age we understand. -- Marie Ebner von Eschenbach

If youth only knew: if age only could. -- Henri Estienne

The arrogance of the young is a direct result of not having known enough consequences. The turkey that every day greedily approaches the farmer who tosses him grain is not wrong. It is just that no one ever told him about Thanksgiving. -- Harry Golden

Nothing can be so amusingly arrogant as a young man who has just discovered an old idea and thinks it is his own. -- Sidney J. Harris

Never suffer youth to be an excuse for inadequacy, nor age and fame to be an excuse for indolence. -- Benjamin Haydon

I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on the frivolous youth of today, for certainly all youth are reckless beyond words. When I was a boy, we were taught to be discrete and respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly wise and impatient of restraint. -- Hesiod

There's nothing that keeps its youth, So far as I know, but a tree and truth. -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

The foundation of every state is the education of its youth. -- Diogenes Laertius

....he thinks about his boyhood, and he mourns his vanished youth - Now, who would live his life again, or face it? Tell the truth. I am mighty glad my boyhood and my youth are far away- I am in the straight for Fifty – and grow younger every day; -- Henry Lawson

The secret of eternal youth is arrested development. -- Alice Roosevelt Longworth

It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who have lost it; but the young know they are wretched for they are full of the truthless ideal which have been instilled into them, and each time they come in contact with the real, they are bruised and wounded. -- W. Somerset Maugham

The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently. -- Friedrich Nietzsche

Some old men, continually praise the time of their youth. In fact, you would almost think that there were no fools in their days, but unluckily they themselves are left as an example. -- Alexander Pope

Praise youth and it will prosper. -- Irish Proverb

The young know how truly difficult and dreadful youth can be. Their youth is wasted on everyone else, that's the horror. The young have no authority, no respect. -- Anne Rice

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Reading, solitude, idleness, a soft and sedentary life, intercourse with women and young people, these are perilous paths for a young man, and these lead him constantly into danger. -- Jean Jacques Rousseau

Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth. -- J. K. Rowling

Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young. -- J. K. Rowling

Keep true to the dreams of thy youth. -- Friedrich von Schiller

We have some salt of our youth in us. -- William Shakespeare

Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children. -- George Bernard Shaw

Youth, which is forgiven everything, forgives itself nothing: age, which forgives itself everything, is forgiven nothing. -- George Bernard Shaw

Don't laugh at a youth for his affectations; he is only trying on one face after another to find his own. -- Logan Pearsall Smith

No wise man ever wished to be younger. -- Jonathan Swift

We are none of us infallible--not even the youngest of us. -- W. H. Thompson

Boys are beyond the range of anybody's sure understanding, at least when they are between the ages of 18 months and 90 years. -- James Thurber

What is youth except a man or a woman before it is ready or fit to be seen? -- Evelyn Waugh

The deepest definition of youth is life as yet untouched by tragedy. -- Alfred North Whitehead

The deepest definition of youth is life as yet untouched by tragedy. -- Alfred North Whitehead

I am not young enough to know everything. -- Oscar Wilde

To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable. -- Oscar Wilde

Boyhood, like measles, is one of those complaints which a man should catch young and have done with, for when it comes in middle life it is apt to be serious. -- P. G. Wodehouse

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