quotations about youth
Youth is the pollen
That blows through the sky
And does not ask why.
STEPHEN VINCENT BENET, John Brown's Body
Youth's the season made for joys,
Love is then our duty.
JOHN GAY, The Beggar's Opera
The whims of youth break all the rules.
HOMER, The Iliad
The young have exalted notions, because they have not been humbled by life or learned its necessary limitations; moreover, their hopeful disposition makes them think themselves equal to great things--and that means having exalted notions. They would always rather do noble deeds than useful ones: Their lives are regulated more by moral feeling than by reasoning.... All their mistakes are in the direction of doing things excessively and vehemently. They overdo everything; they love too much, hate too much, and the same with everything else.
The Youth of a Nation are the trustees of Posterity.
BENJAMIN DISRAELI, Sybil
The tempests of youth are mingled with days of brilliant sunshine.
LUC DE CLAPIERS, MARQUIS DE VAUVENARGUES, Reflections and Maxims
It takes a very long time to become young.
PABLO PICASSO, Saturday Review, 1959
The youth is no longer a youth, but a man,
When the first of his dreams is dead.
WILLIAM HERBERT CARRUTH, Ghosts of Dreams
Time misspent in youth is sometimes all the freedom one ever has; that is why the gods are always young.
ANITA BROOKNER, A Misalliance
The elastic heart of youth cannot be compressed into one constrained shape long at a time.
MARK TWAIN, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
[It] is the juvenal period of life when friendships are formed, and habits established, that will stick by one.
GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to Alexander Hamilton, Sep. 1, 1796
In this sad world of ours sorrow comes to all, and to the young it comes with bittered agony because it takes them unawares. The older have learned to expect it.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN, letter to Fanny McCullough, Dec. 23, 1862
No one who is young is ever going to be old.
JOHN STEINBECK, East of Eden
Age hath its quiet calm, and youth enjoyeth not for haste.
MARTIN FARQUHAR TUPPER, Proverbial Philosophy
In youth men are apt to write more wisely than they really know or feel; and the remainder of life may be not idly spent in realizing and convincing themselves of the wisdom which they uttered long ago.
NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE, preface, The Snow-Image
To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.
OSCAR WILDE, The Picture of Dorian Gray
Only to children children sing,
Only to youth will spring be spring.
RALPH WALDO EMERSON, The Harp
Youth without beauty is half a prize.
G. WHITE, attributed, Day's Collacon
Recollections of early childhood bear comparison to fairy tales, and ... youth remains an unknown country to whose bourn no traveler returns except as the agent of a foreign power.
LEWIS H. LAPHAM, "Fortune's Child", Lapham's Quarterly: Youth
I lived in a brilliantly lit haze, shifting and flickering according to my changing desires. Of course, that is only a description of being young.
DORIS LESSING, The Golden Notebook