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A dissolute and intemperate youth hands down the body to old age in a worn-out state.

—Cicero, 44 BC

Most men employ the first years of their life in making the last miserable.

—Jean de La Bruyère, 1688

Grown up, and that is a terribly hard thing to do. It is much easier to skip it and go from one childhood to another.

—F. Scott Fitzgerald, c. 1940

A sick child is always the mother’s property; her own feelings generally make it so.

—Jane Austen, 1816

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

—George Eliot, 1860

I was born at a very early age. Before I had time to regret it, I was four and a half years old.

—Groucho Marx, 1959

I shall soon be six-and-twenty. Is there anything in the future that can possibly console us for not being always twenty-five?

—Lord Byron, 1813

Bright youth passes as quickly as thought.

—Theognis, c. 550 BC

Even members of the nobility, let alone persons of no consequence, would do well not to have children. 

—Yoshida Kenko, c. 1330

Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt.

—Herbert Hoover, 1936

Youth is the time to go flashing from one end of the world to the other both in mind and body, to try the manners of different nations, to hear the chimes at midnight.

—Robert Louis Stevenson, 1881

Ah, there are no children nowadays.

—Molière, 1673

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