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No time to marry, no time to settle down, I’m a young woman, and ain’t done runnin’ round.

—Bessie Smith, 1926

The young man must store up, the old man must use.

—Seneca the Younger, c. 63

Childhood knows what it wants—to leave childhood behind.

—Jean Cocteau, 1947

The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children.

—Edward VIII, 1957

The boy is, of all wild beasts, the most difficult to manage. 

—Plato, c. 348 BC

Rejoice, young man, while you are young, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Follow the inclination of your heart and the desire of your eyes, but know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.

—Book of Ecclesiastes, c. 200 BC

I’ve never understood why people consider youth a time of freedom and joy. It’s probably because they have forgotten their own.

—Margaret Atwood, 1976

The young leading the young is like the blind leading the blind.

—Philip Dormer Stanhope, 1747

There comes a time in every rightly constructed boy’s life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure.

—Mark Twain, 1876

Childhood has no forebodings—but then, it is soothed by no memories of outlived sorrow.

—George Eliot, 1860

No one’s serious at seventeen.

—Arthur Rimbaud, 1870

No wise man ever wished to be younger.

—Jonathan Swift, 1706

The young always have the same problem—how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their elders and copying one another.

—Quentin Crisp, 1968