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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

Childhood knows what it wants—to leave childhood behind.

—Jean Cocteau, 1947

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

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

—Cicero, 44 BC

Youth, youth, springtime of beauty.

—Anthem of the National Fascist Party, c. 1924

Ah, there are no children nowadays.

—Molière, 1673

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

No wise man ever wished to be younger.

—Jonathan Swift, 1706

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

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

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

—Herbert Hoover, 1936

Bright youth passes as quickly as thought.

—Theognis, c. 550 BC