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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

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

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

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

Bright youth passes as quickly as thought.

—Theognis, c. 550 BC

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

—Plato, c. 348 BC

Youth, youth, springtime of beauty.

—Anthem of the National Fascist Party, c. 1924

The distinction between children and adults, while probably useful for some purposes, is at bottom a specious one, I feel. There are only individual egos, crazy for love.

—Donald Barthelme, 1964

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

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